Nerd’s Eye View : Mont Saint-Michel, France

Le Mont Saint-Michel stands about one kilometer off the coast of northwest France between Brittany and Normandy at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. Perched on a rocky islet surrounded by treacherous sandbanks exposed to powerful tides stands the Benedictine Abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael together with the village that grew within its protective walls.

In prehistoric times, the bay in which it now stands was part of the landmass but millions of years of rising sea levels and erosion reshaped the coastline. Thanks to the intervention of the archangel Michael (or so legend has it) a church was built on the top of the rock in 708. The Benedictines moved in some two hundred and fifty years later creating the abbey that still stands today…

Market Inside the Village
Abbey at Top of Mont St Michel

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