Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel is a rocky island which is located in Normandy in France. It is situated about one kilometer from the north coast of France at the mouth of Couesnon River.

History:

  • In the 6th and 7th centuries the Mont St Michel was used as a stronghold of Romano-British culture.
  • Before the construction, the Mont St Michel was known as Mont Tombe in the 8th century.
  • According to the legends, in the year 708, the Archangel Michel visited the Bishop of Avranches, Aubert, and requested him to build a small church on the island.
  • A pre-Romansque church was built by the Benedictines before the year one thousand.
  • The Romansque abbey church was built during the 11th century.
  • The two wrought iron bombards, namely Les Michelettes which was left by the English people are displayed near the outer defence wall.
  • During the French Revolution the Mont St Michel was turned into prison.The inmates of the prison were mainly priest that opposed the government and political prisoners. In 1863, the prison was closed.
  • The Mont St Michel was designed by an Italian Architect named William de Volpiano.
  • The main façade of the Mont St Michel was built by Robert de Thorigny and the structure of the church was modified.
Mont Saint-Michel Administration
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Avranches
Canton Pontorson
Intercommunality Communauté de communes de Pontorson - Le Mont-Saint-Michel
Mayor Éric Vannier
(2008–2014)
Mont Saint-Michel Statistics
Elevation 5–80 m (16–260 ft)
Land area1 0.97 km2 (0.37 sq mi)
Population2 41  (2006)
 - Density 42 /km2 (110 /sq mi)
INSEE / Postal code 50353 / 50116

 

Mont Saint-Michel

 

Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay
State Party France
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iii, vi
Reference 80
Region Europe
Mont-Saint-Michel Inscription History
Inscription 1979  (3rd Session)

Mont Saint-Michel Sight Seeing

  • The Mont St Michel was declared a historic monument in 1874.
  • The tourists come to visit the tide.
  • The Mont St Michel has 900 steps for the visitors to climb.
  • A narrow steep staircase called the Grand Degre leads to the entrance of the Mont St Michel.

In the year 1979, the Mont St Michel was added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Today the Mont St Michel represents that of a Romansque style church.

Mont Saint-Michel Quick Facts

Mont St Michel Site Information
Names: Mont St-Michel
Location: Normandy, France
Faith: Christianity
Denomination: Catholic
Order: Benedictine
Dedication: St. Michael
Categories: Abbeys & Monasteries; Castles and Palaces; World Heritage Sites
Architecture: Romanesque
Patron(s): St. Aubert
Features: Spectacular Setting
Status: museum
Mont St Michel Visitor Information
Coordinates: 48.635986° N, 1.511425° W
Phone: 02-33-89-80-00
Website: www.au-mont-saint-michel.com
E-mail: Use contact form on official website above
Opening hours: May-Aug: daily 9am-7pm
Sep-Apr: 9:30am-6pm
Cost: €8.50; €12.50 with audioguide

Mont Saint-Michel Hours

Open

  • May 2 to August 31 : 9 am to 7 pm
  • Last admission at 6 pm
  • September 1 to April 30 : 9:30 am to 6 pm
  • Last admission at 5 pm

Closed

Mont Saint-Michel Tickets

  • Individuals: €9;
  • Age Between 18-25 -> €5.5
  • Under 18, free of charge
  • Groups (min.20) : €7