Mont St Michel

#58 - Paris, France
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All 41 of them. That's what you get when you live on a small, rocky tidal island in Normandy, France. It's located a little over a mile from the country's north coast and has been a strategic point with fortifications since ancient times. In the 8th century AD it became home to the Saint-Michel monastery, which gave the island its name. It's our #58 AbsoluteVisit because of its historical value and charm.
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  • Currently home to 41 people, Mont St. Michel Abbey is located on a small rocky island in Normandy, France and has been around for over a thousand years.
  • At one time, it was actually called Mont Tomb because allegedly Saint Michel appeared to Saint Aubert and told him to build a church, but Aubert didnt listen. Outraged, Saint Michel burned a hole in Auberts head with his finger. Some say his rage is the cause for the dangerous and fluctuating tides surrounding the island.
  • The tides around the abbey are very dangerous, reaching as high as 50 feet. Many have drowned because of it as the approached the abbey and attempted to cross the sands leading up to it.
  • At the end of the 19th century an underground Chapel de Notre Dame was discovered within the abbey that is considered to be the oldest room in the entire structure, hidden within the foundation.
  • The climb to the roof of the abbey church is over 900 steps, and its not an easy climb, either!
 

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