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Address: BP 22, 50170 Mont-St-Michel, France
Phone Number: 02 33 89 80 00
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Activities: Walking
Description: The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most remarkable...
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
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This is such a feat of engineering and the views and architecture are amazing. Each room has a story and an engineering challenge to overcome. I especially liked the barrel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This is such a feat of engineering and the views and architecture are amazing. Each room has a story and an engineering challenge to overcome. I especially liked the barrel vaulted ceilings in several of the rooms and how rooms were one on top of each other. Definitely worth the time-

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

In the daytime or lit up at night, Mont St Michel is magical. After crossing the bridge and entering into the city/village it's all uphill to the abbey--not wheelchair, crutch, or stroller friendly, though there are some ramps, there are tons of stairs and with so many visitors sometimes it feels like you are in a sea of people moving... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Have you walking shoes and Fitbit ready as you will be climbing stone steps at this UNESCO world heritage site. Looking back at land and seeing Normandy to your left and Brittany to your right is beautiful. Seeing on CNN the high tides covering where we were ten days ago was interesting. Inside are the churches and shops which are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed reading about the story and history of the abbey. It was nice to walk through once you made it to the top. Its a long walk and amazing to think how they built this so long ago. Its good to go early or late as it easily gets crowded. The island was overrun with highschool aged children the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

As a World Heritage Site Le Mont Saint Michel is inspirational, as well as amazing. The historic importance, the unique location, the religious significance, as well as a feat of immeasurable and architectural beauty, made our visit unforgettable - a "We were really there!" memory. Take your time to see it all, take lots of pictures (there are so many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We arrived here in the evening and stayed in one of the old hotels. In the morning we were way ahead of the hordes of tourists visiting the Abbey. A must see. I am thankful we visited in the off-season.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

If you are physically able to do so, you absolutely need to make the effort (and it is a serious effort) to climb the stairs to see this amazing abbey. It looks like it could have been the model for Harry Potter's Hogwarts. This site is a French national treasure, worth the visit, that delighted us with its gorgeous views,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

It was the best trip I've ever done. Something different and magical. You can take the most beautiful pictures from any side of the castle. Nice restaurants,cafes and shops. The hotels looked so romantic even though I didn't stay over night. Go early and enjoy the whole day on the northen coast of Normandy..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If there's one location in France you need to visit then this is it. This was my second visit and once again it was bustling with tourists. Shops galore once inside, plenty of cafes and bars for refreshment as you make your way up to the abbey. There was a long wait once more for tickets to the top of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Mont Saint-Michel is a beautiful Abbey built on top of a granite rock on the Northern coast of Normandy. Because of the shape of the bay, the tide changes up to thirty feet twice in a single day. The view is absolutely amazing - crystal clear. The village itself doesn't have too much going for it other than looks, but... More 

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