Mont Saint-Michel – the pride of Normandy – stands amid the waves at high tide in the Bay, listed World Heritage by Unesco.
Mont Saint-Michel rises in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage listed bay.
Mont Saint Michel Abbey
The abbey, known as the Wonder of the West, towers over the Bay, dazzling visitors by her beauty.
The Wonder of the West opens its doors for a traditional or theme tour of its different rooms and intimate cloister. This masterpiece of medieval architecture is a recognised symbol of the expertise of 13th Century builders who erected two sets of three-level buildings on the rocky peak.
The bay of Mont Saint Michel
The Bay of Mont Saint-Michel, between Cancale and Granville, occupies some 500 km². It is the scene for the highest tides in Europe, with an exceptional tidal range (difference between the highest and lowest point of the water) which can reach 15 meters during spring tides. The Bay also offers a great diversity of natural environments and thus constitutes the largest expanse of salt meadows and polders in France.
Mont Saint-Michel becomes an island once again!
After twenty years of studies and works, this exceptional monument has regained its status of island in 2015. The opportunity to (re) discover the abbey, also known as Wonder of the West, and the bay listed World Heritage by UNESCO.
With the dismantling of the old causeway, the scenery evolves with every tide, leaving nature take its course once again.
Thanks to the dam (open in 2009), which regulates the waters of the Couesnon and the sea, sediments are dispersed far into the sea. Hydraulic machinery has also been installed on either side of the dam to accelerate the process.
The "footbridge", and the esplanade, complete the package which aim is to restore the maritime character of Mont Saint-Michel. At the heart of the parking area, a Tourist Information Centre (TIC) offers different exhibitions and events around these major works as well as many other services.
Posted by Thibault Duret
VISION Destinations | June 19
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