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Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France. Source: PUNTOSTUDIOFOTO Lda / Adobe Stock.

Mont Saint-Michel: A Medieval Abbey Trapped by Tides and Time (Video)

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Mont Saint-Michel, a captivating Gothic-styled Benedictine Abbey, stands gracefully amidst the ever-changing tides of Normandy and Brittany. Once on solid ground in ancient times, it now rests as a mesmerizing island due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion. This magnificent medieval structure, named after the archangel Saint Michael, boasts a rich history and architecture that lures over three million visitors annually. Despite its isolated location and a mere 600 meters from the mainland, Mont Saint-Michel maintains its allure. Its rocky ascent, a challenging climb of 900 steps, rewards intrepid travelers with a glimpse of a medieval time capsule.

The abbey's significance goes beyond being a church; it serves as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for its historical importance since 1979. While hosting less than 50 full-time residents, Mont Saint-Michel echoes with the footfalls of countless curious visitors, drawn by its timeless charm and profound religious heritage. This extraordinary structure, eternally trapped by the ebb and flow of tides and time, continues to captivate the hearts of those who venture to explore its hallowed grounds.

Top image: Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France. Source: PUNTOSTUDIOFOTO Lda / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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