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Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel

BP 22, 50170 Mont-St-Michel, France
02 33 89 80 00
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Architectural Buildings, Castles, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Performances
Activities: Walking
Owner description: The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most remarkable examples of mediaeval religious and military architecture and was one of... more » Owner description: The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most remarkable examples of mediaeval religious and military architecture and was one of Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century.The Abbey comprises a superb ensemble of clerical buildings including the abbey church, the cloister, the refectory, the monks' ambulatory and the gardens of what has been known as the ""Merveille"" (Marvel) since the 12th century. In summer, the Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel is best seen in all its splendour after sunset during the special “sons et lumières"" shows. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> 2nd May to 31st August: from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.> 1st September to 30th April: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission 1 hr before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25 December. Admission fees: Adults : 9€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups « less
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

When I first saw this amazing abbey from a distance the only this I could say was "WOW!". It looks magical rising from the water/mud. Once your in side it is a maze of small streets and shops. It is very crowded with visitors and often slow going get up the stairs to see things. Oh yer there are a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful. Hard to believe it was built in the 7th century or so, with continuous construction in subsequent centuries. The columns and walls are so thick and solid. Beautiful doors, beveled/stained glass, and views. Plan is to make the area into an island surrounding the Basilica. Very commercialized on the main drag.

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Bredene, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is a very special place well worth a visit. It is unique and has a beautiful abby at the top. Parking is convenient and free shuttle busses take you to the entrance at the bottom. The streets are narrow and be prepared to be in line for a bit to get into the abby. The climb is a good... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Looks wonderful from afar. Once we managed to get through the crowds, found expensive tourist nightmare. What a shame it has taken this route. Decided to leave and found we were then totally stuck in crowds of hundreds of people who were trying to leave from the same point that hundreds of people were trying to enter. No organisation at... More

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Be there before 9 am, parking available and calm visit. A guided tour is best. Parking is very expensive.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I took a van from Caen (from one of the tour offices that organize these rides and picks the different passengers - 60 euro for both ways), which meant I had a schedule 11-14 of going in the site. I've found the architecture of the abby less interesting (even with the audio guide) so I passed through it pretty fast... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

All the reviews state all the right adjectives about the setting: spectacular, iconic, beautiful. I only want to add adjectives about the experience: miserable, horrible and even at times frightening. The car park is run efficiently to maximise visitors (but don't give adequate warning that you must pay at the well hidden ticket booths before leaving). This just frustrated our... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It is amazing to see his site but visiting in August mid week was one of he most crowded experiences I have had in my life. We arrived at 10:30am and the lines to park were very long as you have to take a shuttle bus into the abbey. The crowds on the main route up to the abbey were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

I visited at 7 pm when most of the crowd had gone. Long walk up, however there are numerous routes either by the battlements, or the shopping street. To enter the abbey costs 9 euro and well worth it. There are numerous rooms and halls and they were playing music in 3 or them with great acoustics. The viewing level... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

TRavelled a lot, but this place was a dream for 40 years. Once you visit the web, or see a film, or a report, you will understand: why. The history of this place, the well maintained city, the abbey are all unique (or better say: very few places are something alike). Of course: the mediaveel houses are all converted to... More

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