Mont Saint Michel Off The Beaten Path

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    Historial home of Bertrand du Guesclin

    by gwened Updated Mar 29, 2015

    Demeure Historique du chevalier Bertrand du Guesclin or logis Tiphaine. this is the home of famous French military hero Bertrand du Guesclin and his wife Tiphaine de Raguenel, a famous astrologuer.

    The house is from the 14C showing period furniture, bridal chamber, medieval chastity belt armour worn by Bertrand du Guesclin, and Tiphaine de Raguenel astrologer's study room.

    Nice to see how folks lived in those dates and in a famous historical figure of France indeed. Bertrand du Guesclin, count of Longueville, was born around 1320 in the château de la Motte-Broons, near Dinan ; and died on July 13 1380 in front of Châteauneuf-de-Randon. He was a Breton noble and constable of France and Castile (Spain).

    Historical home of Bertrand du Guesclin bedroom and Bertrand du Guesclin period furniture of the 14C astrologer's study room bridal chamber
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    ArcheOscope museum

    by gwened Updated Mar 29, 2015

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    Another maybe not beaten path but since the main to see here is not museum will post here. This is great, with visual sound and light presentation on the tides with high technology showing both history, magic and religion. It is as if told by the archangel Michael himself;

    You see the MSM rises in the water, and the different sections of it with 3D views of the cloister ,abbey and coast line in a studio setting dark and wonderful;great educational museum

    And of course great shopping indeed ::)

    more reading on it in English
    http://www.au-mont-saint-michel.com/en/archeoscope/index.htm

    ArcheOscope entrance on ramparts side shopping for liquor at boutique shop 3D view of MSM on bay 3D view of abbey and MSM rising 3D view of the Cloister of abbey
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    Musée Historique Son et Lumiére, Cachots

    by gwened Written Mar 29, 2015

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    another museum perhaps not off beaten paths but since folks come here for another site, thought they would fit here better. This is the Historical museum, sound and light, dungeons.

    This one shows the 1000 + years history of MSM from the monks who built the Abbey, the prisons and the famous periscope to view the bay. You have a collection of old weapons, medieval instruments of torture, body sucked from the quicksands, Louis XI iron cage, and 35 was figures.

    a nice museum that is complemented by a narrated show on the dungeons with light and sound, prison of Raspail, who eventually became a senator and has Blvd Raspail amongst others name after him in Paris.

    Historical museum entrance body in quicksands , bathtub at museum hall of old weapons dungeons scenes narrated monks at work in MSM
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    Musée de la Mer et de l'écologie

    by gwened Written Mar 29, 2015

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    Maybe not the most off the beaten path in a tremendously touristic place but as the main here is not the museums will post here.

    The Maritime and Ecological museum sits in the Grande Rue here you will discover the great tidal waves of the bay, biggest in the world and the environmental project for MSM not completed yet;working on it as I write.

    There is a nice old boat collection of about 250 boats including model boat France the big cruiseliner. Great for the whole family

    There is an on site special at a booth in the main street where you can get ALL four museums for 9€ per adult.

    boat collection at maritime museum France cruiseliner boat boat collection boat knots and model boat collection
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    The village church in the shadow of the abbey

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the village there is another church, the parish church of the village, devoted to Saint Pierre. It can easily be missed, as it is so overwhelmed by the enormous abbey. That would be a mistake, as the small Notre Dame of Le Mont Saint Michel is a delightful lplace where rest and peace can be found in a touristic mass. It was here that the common citizens of Le Mont prayed and shared their Sunday together. On the cemetery around the church some stones date back centuries. Also a remarkable place to roam around in for a while.

    The altar in front of our dear lady Mary The small village church at Le Mont

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    Take a walk around or to Tombelaine

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When the tide is low, one easily can walk around the island, making it possible to see everything of the island from a distance. It makes Le Mont even more beautiful then it already is, as from every angle the shapes and images look different. Another option is for the hikers among us. In the distance a small island is visible: Tombelaine. This island was centuries ago a place where the monchs and pilgrims seeked rest and peace, inspiration and isolation. Now-a-days it will be no different, as only few make the crossing over the wetlands towards the island that at high tide indeed becomes completely isolated from the rest of the world.

    Tombelaine, still a spiritual place The small island becomes isolated at high tide Take a walk around Le Mont Saint Michel ... ... but watch out when the tides rush in

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    The "Grand Stairs" (a stairway to heaven?)

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Between the village and the abbey's entrance, the only connection is the "Grand Stairs". This enormous staircase winding up against the Northeastern walls of the abbey, indeed are of a certain grandeur. It was here that for a thousand years the pilgrims lined up to finaly receive their blessings in the abbey. It was here that many returned releaved from sorrow and guilt. Now the tourists line up to get tickets for a guided tour in the abbey and return bedazzled with the rich historic beauty the abbey still holds.

    Grand stairs pressed against the high walls People climbing up and down every day

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    Attention for the village gateway

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Nowhere else the fortifications and defensive systems of Le Mont Saint Michel are so clear then at the gateway. Strong doors, a falling fence, a drawbridge, two thick walled towers and various small shooting holes, show that Le Mont Saint Michel is not only a sanctuary, but also a castle well defended for unwished visitors. For touristic show, the gateway square holds a set of canons, but of course these items only appeared when the abbey and village were already a few hundred years old.

    The drawbridge is open, we can get inside The gateway square now-a-days looks inviting

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    A sanctuary for prison

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Did you know that Le Mont Saint Michel also served as a state prison? The worst years for this monumental rock in the sea, started after the French Revolution and lasted until after the Napoleontic times. With it's island status and large buildings, the new leaders desecrated this beautiful place, by turning it into a prison for state enemies. Few things are recalling these dreadful days, in which the buildings and structures on the island saw little maintenance, but were damaged for all time. During the guided tour you will pass by the giant wooden wheel, used for the lift that transported food, material and other necessary items to the abbey turned into a prison.

    The closed elevator shaft from the prison era Unbelievable, barbarians that mad Le Mont a prison The giant treadmill remains silently

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    The museums within the museum

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This tip about the many little museums on Le Mont Saint Michel is put under "Off the beaten path" as the actual museum IS Le Mont Saint Michel. For those who want more, there are: The museum of history, where a collection of weapons, sculptures and paintings can be seen in a setting of old prison and dungeons.
    The archéoscope where you can follow the historical steps that lead to the present Mont Saint Michel in various maquettes and posters as well as an interesting multimedia show.
    The maritime museum that tells about the bay and it's tides. Here one can also find out everything about how the island status of Le Mont Saint Michel, will be returned after completing a huge project.
    Tiphaine’s house, is the originally decorated 14th century house of the wife of Bertrand Duguesclin: Tiphaine.

    Ilja enjoying an icecream in front of the dungeons Billboard telling about the museums on Le Mont

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    The original Chapel Saint Michel

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It's hard to find, it's hard to reach. The original chaple devoted to Saint Michel is still there. The very small building lays at the bay side behind the enormous abbey, but with a little climbing along the rocks. can be reached for those who want to see where it all started out.

    There it is! ... almost there ... the beginning

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    Some secrets

    by vinc_bilb Updated Sep 9, 2009

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    Find some secrets:

    1/ The prison
    The Mont resisted all the English assaults during the hundred years war but was, as many religious monuments, seriously and irreparably damaged during the French revolution.

    It served as prison after the revolution and until 1863 and the cells are still visible.

    2/ Play the hamster in a human winch
    A gigantic winch, men-powered, allowed to forward the voluminous objects up to the abbeye.

    3/ Find the root rock inside the architecture
    It is still visible ...

    The winch... The prison (cell's door) The native rock ... The inclined plane (for the winch)
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    The St Michael-Apollo Axis

    by JLBG Written Jan 10, 2009

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    While I searched if the pilgrims that went to Skellig Michael visited also Mont St. Michel and Sacra di San Michele, I found an amazing information about a book. I quote the presentation of this book.

    The St Michael-Apollo Axis, a Study in Sacred Geography, by Lucien Richer, translated by Francesca Greene.

    The Apollo line is so named because the solar deity, in its active form, was Apollo in Greece. Richer's brother Jean had discovered that Greece was geographically many overlays of zodiacal patterns, with angles of 30 degrees spreading from oracular centres. After a dream involving Apollo, Jean could understand that the birthplace of Apollo, Delos, Athens, and Delphi were aligned at 30 degrees north of west. It fell to Lusien to extend this alignment out in both directions, to north west Europe and to Jerusalem.

    The Michael-Apollo Line passes from northeast to southwest through :
    Skellig Michael,
    St. Michael's chapel on Carn Brea in Cornwall,
    St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall,
    Mont St. Michel in Brittany,
    Bourges,
    Sacra di San Michele in Piedmont,
    San Michele at Castiglione di Garfagna,
    Perugia,
    Monte Sant' Angelo, Monte Gargano, the site of the first recorded appearance of the Archangel Michael.
    Kerkyas
    Delphi
    Athens
    Delos
    Lindos
    Mount Carmel in the Holy Land.

    The history and geodetic character of the line are explored in this terse and pithy piece of writing. Important subjects such as the Gargan giant motif for the earth energy, the significance of islands and peaks and brief exploration of the "itinerary" of the line make this an essential complement to a rare corpus including Dance of the Dragon.

    Amazing, isn’t it?

    The St Michael-Apollo Axis The St Michael-Apollo Axis
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    Other sites dedicated to Saint Michael that I have

    by JLBG Updated Jan 10, 2009

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    I have visited two other sanctuaries dedicated to Saint Michael. Both stand on very impressive locations that more or less are looking like Mont-Saint-Michel.

    Skellig Michael stands on the main island of Skellig archipelago, a small island in front of Saint Finian’s bay, approximately ten miles off the coast of Kerry, Ireland.

    Sacra di San Michele overhangs the Susa valley, near Turin and is the. Sacra di San Michele stands on top of Monte Pirchiriano (962 m) which stands for the latin “porcharianus” (pigs mount), neighboring Monte Caprasio (goats mount) and Monte musiné (donkeys mount).

    Sacra di San Michele Skellig Michael
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    Enter the Parish Church

    by hquittner Written Nov 15, 2007

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    There is only one path up to the Abbey. Later you may descend and follow the Ramparts to East and South with their views up and out over the sands or bay (at the right time). In either case, just before the Grand Degre and to the West of the Grande Rue is the Parish Church. (In our picture it is to the right of a house that belonged to Du Guesclin (see Dinan) and a nearby museum complex. Beyond is the Boucle (Loop) Tower on the Ramparts. Inside in chapel at the south aisle is a coated (silver?) statue of St. Michel and the altar has a 15C statue of the Virgin. We call this note"Off the Beaten Path".

    Above the Parish Church (The Sands Beyond) Altar with Virgin Chapel to St. Michel

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