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Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is an island in the Lower Normandy region and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in France.


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The Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel

entrance to the abbey on famous island

most visited destination in France

beautiful church in abbey

inside the church

inside the monastery


inside the monastery

inside the monastery

statue of Saint-Michel
In the beginning of the 8th century, according to legend, Archangel Saint Michael instructed the bishop of Avranches to build an abbey on Mont Saint-Michel. The Benedictine monks settled on the rock in 966 and over the next centuries the abbey was extended.

During the French Revolution Mont Saint-Michel was used as a prison but was closed by Napoleon and returned to the pilgrims before the end of the 19th century.

The abbey is open every day except the 1st of january, the 1st of may and the 25th of december.

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Mont Saint-Michel

beautiful island in Normandy

UNESCO World Heritage Site in Normandy

village on small island in normandy

steep and narrow cobbled street

walls on island and restaurant

view from dried out sea on island

beautiful island with monastery on top

Mont Saint-Michel is an island in the Lower Normandy region and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in France. The island is connected to the mainland by a causeway build in 1879. According to the legend, Archangel Saint-Michael instructed the bishop of Avranches to build an abbey at the top of the rocky island.

At the bottom of Mont-St-Michel is a small village, this was build in the Middle Ages at the same time as the abbey was developping. The walk to the top is on a steep and narrow cobblestone street through this village.

Mont Saint-Michel was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

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Caen is the capital of the Lower Normandy region of France. It was William the Conqurer’s favourite city and where he married his cousin Matilda of Flanders. The city is located 238km northwest of Paris.

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The Saint-Pierre Church

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back of Saint-Pierre ChurchThe Saint-Pierre Church in Caen is situated in the centre of the city opposite Château Ducal. It was build in the beginning of the 13th century in Gothic style. The church was restored after the war when it got damaged, including the beautiful spire on the 75m high tower.

Abbaye aux Hommes

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Château Ducal

Château Ducal

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Château Ducal

Château Ducal

Château Ducal

Château Ducal

Château DucalChâteau Ducal in Caen was built by William the Conqueror in 1060. The castle is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Western Europe. After the war in 1944 the castle was seriously damaged and a large part was restored. Today the castle serves as a museum, it houses the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Normandy and has temporary exhibitions on art and history

The Saint-Jean Church in Caen

front of Saint-Jean Church

inside the Saint-Jean Church

inside the Saint-Jean Church

inside the Saint-Jean Church

inside the Saint-Jean ChurchThe Saint-Jean Church in Caen was build between the 14th and 16th century in Gothic style. It was the only remaining building in the quarter of St Jean after a bombing in World War II. As you can see the main tower leans to the left, this is because the church was built on marshy ground.