About Mont Saint Michel Abbey

Famously referred to as “the wonder of the western world,” the Mont Saint Michel Abbey is one of the most stunning examples of the Romanesque and Gothic style of architecture from the early 13th century. Attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world every year, the Mont Saint Michel is located in the Normandy region, and is considered to be a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is a prominent site of the medieval Christian civilisation, and was originated in 708 AD, when Bishop Aubert constructed the oratory on Mont Tombe to honour Archangel Michael.

It was almost two centuries later, when the Benedictine monks settled here, thereby making the Mont Saint Michel Abbey a major pilgrimage site for the Christians in the West. Boasting of several different styles of architecture, including the magnificent Merveille building, the Mont Saint Michel Abbey has also undergone a lot of decay and collapse. It was in 1874 when the restoration work of the Abbey began after it was classified as a historical monument. As of today, it stands as a true testimony of the grandeur and opulence of the structures from ages ago, where visitors come to admire its magnificence and marvel at its beauty.

History of Mont Saint Michel Abbey

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The rich and vivid history of Mont Saint Michel Abbey France began in 708 AD, when Bishop Aubert was visited by Archangel Michael in his dream. In the dream, the Archangel asked the Bishop to erect a sanctuary on Mont Tombe. A couple centuries later, in 966 AD, Benedictine monks settled here and were responsible for the growth of a new monastery. This made the Abbey quickly gain popularity as a major pilgrimage site for the Christians.

Furthermore, it also became an important centre of medieval culture, owing to the large number of manuscripts that were produced and stored here. Over the next few centuries, up until the 19th century, the monument underwent a lot of restorations, and thereafter transformed into the structure that it is today.

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The Architecture of Mont Saint Michel Abbey

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It took over 1,300 years for the construction of the Mont Saint Michel Abbey, which stands tall on a granite inlet and is surrounded on all sides by sand. It is a great example of a medieval structure and boasts of the Romanesque and Gothic styles of architecture. It consists of the La Merveille, a 13th century cloister, which is a three-tiered structure with a height of 35 metres. Owing to numerous renovations and reconstructions throughout the different times in history, the Abbey now boasts of high and slender carved arches, including huge stained-glass windows. Regardless of all the reconstructions, the Mont Saint Michel Abbey is nothing short of an architectural as well as technical wonder.

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  • Visit the Abbey of Mont Saint Michel, also known as 'The Wonder of the Western World', and get to know about the rich history of France

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  • Stroll through the 13th-century religious compound and get to know about the place where the worship of Archangel Michel was done since 708 AD

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  • No smoking or consumption of alcohol at the premises is allowed.
  • Any personal expenses or items of personal nature will not be included in the package.
  • Kindly dispose of plastics in an appropriate manner.
  • All foreign nationals must share their passport and visa details at the time of arrival.
  • ID proof is mandatory for each individual guest at the time of arrival.
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