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Monday, August 31, 2015


Post #1 of Castles Week
Mont-Saint-Michel abbey photo, by Jesper Krough
Photo Credit: © Jesper Krough (Flickr) ― Creative Commons 2.0 License

A castle towering in northwestern FRANCE on top of a rocky islet, Mont Saint Michel (Le Mont-Saint-Michel) is a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey first built in the 11th century and located in the Normandie (Normandy)* region's westernmost départmente, Manche. About 40 monks live in Mont-Saint-Michel, and they are no stranger to the abbey's extreme tides. During high tide periods, the architectural wonder is isolated from the French mainland, while lower tides revealing a peninsula connecting Mont-Saint-Michel to the rest of France. Le Couesnone river is located south of Mont-Saint-Michel and Le Manche bay. Communities south of Mont-Saint Michel include Beauvoir, Huisnes-sur-Mer, and Saint-Georges-de-Gréhaigne. Finally, the abbey and Le Manche bay are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site - this UNESCO link opens in a new tab or window.

* — Mont-Saint-Michel was located in Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy) until that region and Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy) were combined in 2016.

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