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"Merveille de l'Occident" (Wonder of the West) and important pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages, the Mont-Saint-Michel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts visitors from all over the world. Dedicated to Saint-Michel in 708, the mount is the most visited site in France today. Rising in the middle of a magnificent wild bay, the Mont-Saint-Michel arouses delight and admiration, with its abbey perched on top of a rocky island and its medieval town surrounded by ramparts. Once passed the fortified gates marking the entrance to the village, walkers and pilgrims discover at first the Grande-Rue high street, its old granite residences, its museums and its souvenirs shops. In this lively street, the Mère Poulard restaurant is a well-known place renowned for its omelettes. After climbing the hillside of Grande-Rue as well as the Grand Degré stair leading to the sanctuary, the visit of the abbey can commence.

Dominated by the tower of its abbey church, the Benedictine abbey of the Mont-Saint-Michel offers a magnificent variety of architecture ranging from the 11th to the 16th century. The 11th-century Romanesque abbey church; the monks' covered walkway; the Merveille, a set of six rooms on three levels that are the refectory, the Hosts room, the aumônerie, the cloister, the Knights room and the cellar, all constituting a remarkable example of religious art.

After the visit, a stroll on the rampart walk (chemin de ronde) situated at the foot of the abbey is imperative. From there, the view of the residences of the medieval town and the bay is splendid.

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Formerly a "long house" at the edge of the coast, near the tip of South Grouin, the museum of the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel for understanding the diversity of fauna and flora of this unique environment. Exhibitions, events, salt production, fishing on foot and meeting with shepherds are proposed throughout the year.

Mont-Saint-Michel
Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mount saw the dike polder (© Jean Espirat)
Mount saw the dike polder (© Jean Espirat)
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spring tide day (© Jean Espirat)
spring tide day (© Jean Espirat)
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equinoctial tide around Mount (© Jean Espirat)
equinoctial tide around Mount (© Jean Espirat)
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Spring on Mount (© Jean Espirat)
Spring on Mount (© Jean Espirat)
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Mount and the bay seen Avranches (© Jean Espirat)
Mount and the bay seen Avranches (© Jean Espirat)
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Twilight on the Mount (© Jean Espirat)
Twilight on the Mount (© Jean Espirat)
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Twilight on the Mount (© Jean Espirat)
Twilight on the Mount (© Jean Espirat)
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Mount saw rock Thorin (© Jean Espirat)
Mount saw rock Thorin (© Jean Espirat)
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Mount seen from the North side (© Jean Espirat)
Mount seen from the North side (© Jean Espirat)
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equinoctial tide around Mount (© Jean Espirat)
equinoctial tide around Mount (© Jean Espirat)
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Mount (© Jean Espirat)
Mount (© Jean Espirat)
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the sea overwhelms herbs (© Jean Espirat)
the sea overwhelms herbs (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
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the ramparts (© Jean Espirat)
the ramparts (© Jean Espirat)
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North rampart of Ascent (© Jean Espirat)
North rampart of Ascent (© Jean Espirat)
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House artichoke (© Jean Espirat)
House artichoke (© Jean Espirat)
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House artichoke (© Jean Espirat)
House artichoke (© Jean Espirat)
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House artichoke (© Jean Espirat)
House artichoke (© Jean Espirat)
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roof Arrow - House artichoke (© JE)
roof Arrow - House artichoke (© JE)
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artichoke (© Jean Espirat)
artichoke (© Jean Espirat)
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Blazon lintels on windows (© Jean Espirat)
Blazon lintels on windows (© Jean Espirat)
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La Grande-Rue (© Jean Espirat)
La Grande-Rue (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama on wonder (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama on wonder (© Jean Espirat)
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the staircase inside said Greater Degree (© Jean Espirat)
the staircase inside said Greater Degree (© Jean Espirat)
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stone Lace (© Jean Espirat)
stone Lace (© Jean Espirat)
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Gargoyles (© Jean Espirat)
Gargoyles (© Jean Espirat)
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Arrow and statue of the archangel (© Jean Espirat)
Arrow and statue of the archangel (© Jean Espirat)
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Church of Mount (© Jean Espirat)
Church of Mount (© Jean Espirat)
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room guests (© Jean Espirat)
room guests (© Jean Espirat)
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room guests (© Jean Espirat)
room guests (© Jean Espirat)
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Promenoir cloister (© Jean Espirat)
Promenoir cloister (© Jean Espirat)
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Refectory monks (© Jean Espirat)
Refectory monks (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures from the promenade (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures from the promenade (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures from the promenade (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures from the promenade (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures from the promenade (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures from the promenade (© Jean Espirat)
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North strike Crossing view of the ramparts (© Jean Espirat)
North strike Crossing view of the ramparts (© Jean Espirat)
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Arrival of the bore, for the upper plaza (© JE)
Arrival of the bore, for the upper plaza (© JE)
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Panorama on the southwest side of Mount (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama on the southwest side of Mount (© Jean Espirat)
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Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Guided Tour of Mont Saint-Michel – Departing from Paris
Culture and education169 € Paris
Visit Mont Saint-Michel and its Abbey – Departing from Paris
Entertainment135 € Paris
Mont Saint Michel Abbey : fast-track ticket valid year-long
Culture and education10 € Le Mont-Saint-Michel

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