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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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Avila Beach
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Yes, it is difficult to get to unless you are one of the hoards to arrive by motor coach (don't be one of them). But I followed Rick Steves' advice and came in the afternoon, checked into my hotel, and then waited for the tourists to leave, which they did around 5 pm. Then I took the free shuttle to... More

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Spofford, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It was a thrill see Mont Saint-Michel rise over everything as we approached from the east by car. The climb was not as daunting as it seemed when we walked into the entrance and if you use the ramparts and not the main street there are no crowds. We used a famous tour guide's book and followed the walking tour... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We made our own way there from Rennes (25euro return bus ride) and spent the entire day visiting the Abbey/island and we are so glad we did. This gave us plenty of time to navigate around at our own pace and to really stop and take in where we were. There is a brand new visitors centre where we were... More

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Aalst, Belgium
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A lot of years ago, I was here with parents: park up front and nice environment when water rised till the Hill. Now: overpaid parking (12,6€ for 2hours & 9€/person to visit abbey). We were early so not an overwhelming crowd. But once noon, you only see tourists. 10 years ago: 5 stars & certainly something you should see. Now... More

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Redhead, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We almost didn't pay to how in, as my husband was not sure if worth it (seen many that we're not) so pleased we did, he now says the Abbey was a highlight of our trip. Highly recommend.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We visited the Abbaye with our 2 small kids and so we didnt take part in a tour or hire the audioguides. Nevertheless we were excited by this magificent and historic building. Fascinating to realise that there is a religious community living at the Abbaye to this day. I believe that the audioguides would have been very worthwhile and hope... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We took the bus across to the island, while the view on the way to the Abbey is pretty disappointing due to all the earthworks, once you are on the island its amazing. Once you enter the walls of the town below you are transported to a medieval city as long as you can block out the tourist traps on... More

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Alcochete, Portugal
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

You may notice that I rate 4 this popular French attraction, while most would rate it 5. This is related to something I hope it becomes evident in this short review. As another reviewer writes here, always plan your visit to this place, since this is important to see the largest tides in Europe. You can for example arrive during... More

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Heerenveen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is an absolutely stunning place!! Well worth the climb of the mont that really is not handicap friendly. However my advice would be to come early in the morning or later in the day to avoid most of the crowds. This is one of the most complete tours of an abbey that we've been to, you are routed ALL... More

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I am in awe with this Abbey. The cloister in particular is gorgeous. If you go, go early or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds. it could very crowded especially with large tour groups.

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