Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay is a beautiful rocky islet rising up out of the sea, standing tall over the sands when the tide recedes. With a Middle Ages feel, this city that was built between the 11th century and the 16th century contains a rich history and many stunning sights, attracting visitors from all over.
The Bay of Mont Saint Michel has some of the highest tides of anywhere in Europe, with a very wide range of water levels. This is also the largest area with salt meadows in the country. Visitors can walk through the bay to Mont Saint-Michel, making for a unique experience.
The Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is the top attraction with its notable location at the very top of the rocky island. In a feat of medieval architecture, it was built as two three-level buildings onto the rocks, 155 meters above sea level. Monks have services open to the public during the week. During the summer in the peak season, it is open at night until late with live music.
La Merveille, or the Marvel, is a set of buildings located on the northern side of the little island. There is a dining hall from the 13th century which has windows and visitors can see the sharp drop-off. The Guest Hall dates back to 1213 and has two huge fireplaces. The ambulatory has one of the most ancient ribbed vaulted ceilings of anywhere in Europe. The abbey features a very old room that was hidden for many years, called the Underground Chapel of Our Lady.
The ramparts line the outer rim of the island, protecting the village from invaders in the past. Along the ramparts, historic battlements can be viewed. Pretty sights are seen along the rampart walk of the Bay. To get to them, it is an easy 1.8 kilometer walk from the mainland to the base of the rock.
Grand Rue is the most popular street that is always buzzing with activity. Running parallel to the wall, this narrow street has ancient stone houses on either side. Today, these ancient houses are run as restaurants, hotels, souvenir stores, and more.
Along this street, visitors can find attractions such as the History Museum, a parish church from the 15th century, and a historic house museum, among other interesting buildings.
2 sites in this World Heritage
- Le Mont Saint-Michel et sa baie
- Ancien moulin de Moidrey