Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

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Most Viewed Things to Do in Mont Saint Michel

  • 1. The Abbey

    The abbey is open every day except the 1st of January, the 1st of May and the 25th of December and is one of the National Monuments of France. You do have to pay entrance but it is absolutely worth...

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  • 2. Tidal Island

    Is a mandatory visit the Mont St.Michel and its tidal island. If you travel on february, you will have the chance to see it without many people. I think that in summer season, the place is full of...

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  • 3. La Grande Rue

    This is the name given to the main shopping and restaurant street at MSM. Located inside the Boulveard Gate, La Grande Rue conects the entrance to the town with the abbey. This is a delightful...

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  • 4. The Cloister

    The cloister on the top floor of La Merveille dates back to the 13th century but has greatly evolved over time. Today it is really the only area of La Merveille which provides a source of bright...

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  • 5. Monastery

    This human 'hamster wheel' may seem like a joke, but is horrifyingly real: for centuries, the power to haul supplies from the base of Mont St Michel to the monastery was provided by prisoners on a...

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  • 6. Eglise Saint Pierre

    Many people walk past here without noticing the parish church of St Peter, on their way up the steps of the main street to the Abbey. But is worth a few minutes of your time. Built in the 11th c it...

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  • 7. The Ramparts

    Mont Saint Michel is a place where you can't resist looking up all the time. Everything is so high and the walls with their ramparts atop are monstrous wherever you turn. How has a complex as...

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  • 8. The Site

    It's an "impossible" geographic accident, that isolated mount, in the middle of those salty swamps. It's an umbelievable work, what men did in it. I read...

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  • 9. Mont d'Huisnes, Germany military cemetery.

    Just a few kms from the Mont lies this ossuary, not really a cemetery as such of some nearly 12000 German soldiers from WWII. Set up by the Volksbund in 1961...

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  • 10. See the "mascaret".

    This phenomenon can be seen only about 20 times year, or a couple of times per month, at the moment of the high tides in the bay when the coefficient (amplitude...

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  • 11. Take a hike.......!!!!

    Although it is possible as of next year, that they may not be able to continue to do this, on the occasion of the high tides and coefficients you can take a...

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  • 12. Design Excellence

    This sight really amazed me. These columns in the cloister have criss cross arches on top which I would imagine have something to do with the engineering design...

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  • 13. Church services in the Abbey church

    If you would like to be present at Mass in the Abbey church the times are as follows:Mass is celebrated every day except Monday at 12.15, on Sunday at 11.30 ;...

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  • 14. Stained Glass of La Mervielle

    It came as a surprise to me and I guess I'm not the first, to find that the stained glass windows in all of the buildings of La Mervielle were not the colourful...

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  • 15. The Bell Tower and Spire

    The Bell tower which tops off La Mervielle was rebuilt in 1897. It is spectacularly crowned with the famous spire which rises 157m into the sky and which...

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  • 16. The Ramp and Pulley system

    Obviously, the job of getting provisions of food, building supplies and so forth from the bottom to the top of the Mont presented a very difficult problem....

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  • 17. Crypt of Our Lady of the 30 Tapers

    This crypt is on the north of La Mervielle and was modified in the 13th century. As mentioned earlier the crypts were mainly intended as supports for the arms...

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  • 18. Abbey church interior

    The chancel of the abbey church was originally Romanesque in design but sadly it collapsed and was eventually replaced by A Flamboyant Gothic construction in...

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  • 19. The Salles des Chevaliers

    The Salle des Chevaliers (Knight's Room) can be located on the second level of La Merveille. It is believed to be named after a Royal Order of Knghts founded by...

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  • 20. La Merveille

    The crowning glory of MSM is La Merveille (the marvel). This is the name given to the three buildings at the very top of the abbey/monastery complex which are...

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  • 21. The Abbey and Monastery roof

    The Abbey/Monastery roof is made of timber. There is of course, a very good reason for this. From what I can gather, the entire building is so huge and so high...

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  • 22. The way to the top

    This is not a climb for those with severe immobility problems, which is a real shame. However, if you take the climb gently and stop for a breather every now...

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  • 23. The King's Gate

    When you arrive at the Mont you will enter directly up from the car/bus park and proceed through the Forward Gate, the Boulevard Gate and finally the King's...

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  • 24. Waves advancing like galloping white horses

    It is difficult to describe quite how quickly the tide advances over the sand flats of Mont St Michel bay: suffice to say that it has engulfed and drowned...

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  • 25. Watching the wildlife

    I have to confess to being underwhelmed by the wildlife in Bretange and the little of Normandy that we explored, so it was a pleasure to watch breeding colonies...

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