Mont-Saint-Michel

History of the monument

The worship of Saint Michel was introduced on the Mount in 708, and it became one of the most important places of medieval pilgrimage. Benedictine monks started building an abbey here in the 10th century.
 
Withstanding the assaults of man, time and the elements. The heroic resistance of the Mount to English attacks during the Hundred Years’ War (14th and 15th centuries) made it a symbol of French national identity. Monks left the abbey in 1790, and it was listed as a historic monument in 1874. The whole site has been returned to its former glory thanks to on-going restoration work.

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BRING YOUR SUPPORT TO FRENCH HERITAGE!

Contribute to the restoration of the garden and the gallery cloister of the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey!

6 reasons to visit the Abbey

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Reason 1

An Abbey perched 80m high

Admire the stunning views over the bay from the terrace...

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Reason 2

Over 20 rooms to explore

Visit the Abbey at your own pace, unguided or guided, with an audioguide or a lecture tour.

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Reason 3

Become an islander for a day

The summit of Mont-Saint-Michel offers a unique panoramic viewpoint over the sea and sky, for a morning or afternoon watching the tides. Dates shown in the News section.

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Reason 4

An unmissable World Heritage Site

A masterpiece of religious and military architecture, whose construction began in the early 13th century, a custodian of Outstanding Universal Value.

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Reason 5

The Abbey at nightfall

Enjoy the calm of the evening programme in summer, be transported by the concerts and amazed by our cultural events.

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Reason 6

A monument for young and old

Free for visitors under 26, come visit the Abbey with your family!

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N.B.

To ensure the safety of our visitors, the monument is strictly applying the security measures decided by the french authorities.
The monument is fully opened.

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