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Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel

  • Address
    Mont Saint-Michel, France
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Every day from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., closed on December 25, January 1 and May 1
  • What to see
    11th century Benedictine abbey, refectory, cloister


Benedictine abbey built on top of the rocky promontory of Mont Saint-Michel. It was built in pre-Romanesque (Carolingian), Romanesque and Gothic styles, and has three crypts. The salle de L’Aquilon, next to the oldest chapel, Notre-Dame-Sous-Terres, is also the place where pilgrims are welcomed. The complex has been a World Heritage Site since 1979.

In addition to the temple, the complex is made up of a series of monastic buildings called the “Merveille”, where the Benedictine community resides and which are open to the public. Its West Terrace stands out, an immense viewpoint over the bay, as well as the 13th century Gothic cloister. From the church, in addition, a spiral staircase leads to the roof, and a so-called “lace” staircase that reaches the top of the pinnacle.

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