Mont Saint Michel Abbey

Mont Saint Michel Abbey is made up of many different buildings, in multiple styles, from a multitude of different centuries.

Started in the 10th century the abbey has evolved from its modest beginnings to the beautiful building you see today.

The original part of the church was constructed in around 966 but was subsequently built over when the abbey was extended. These parts are Romanesque in style and were rediscovered and restored in the 19th and 20th centuries.

As the church grew in power and wealth and more and more pilgrims travelled to the area, the abbey expanded and grew with further buildings being constructed.

The Nave was constructed in around 1084, however, further improvements and alterations were made throughout the centuries after a variety of catastrophes occurred when walls and column collapsed and areas had to be rebuilt.

Parts of the abbey differ significantly in style mainly due to the times in which they were constructed. The southern parts of the abbey date from around the 11th century and the northern parts from the 12th and so with around 100 years between the dates of the buildings it’s hardly surprising that there are differences in their style.

There were many other alterations and additions to the abbey throughout the following centuries which led to the building becoming what stands before you today. If you travel to Normandy or Brittany, please ensure you take the time to explore Mont Saint Michel Abbey. Believe us when we tell you that you won’t be disappointed.

 

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