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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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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Yes I know that is what to expect here. We went early in the day, I hate to think what it would be like later on. The views are simply stunning and overall interesting if a little herded.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you want to go there, first read the Smithsonian magazine article, June 2014 about this place. You can google it.. We just went there and I have mixed feelings. We went and spent the night at a hotel there so that we could experience the place sans crowds. But I still couldn't feel the sacredness of the place that... More

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Ivybridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Looks absolutely incredible from a distance and even better from within. Dont let the idea of having to get a shuttle bus to the mount put you of the busses are all brand new , clean , frequent and included in parking costs. When you arrive at the foot of the mount you get a real scale on the place.... More

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Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

In spite of its commercialism Mont-Saint-Michel is a compulsory stop during any visit of Normandy or Bretagne (*****) : Its location and verticality offer beautiful views of the bay. Its narrow streets still breathe a medieval atmosphere. Its ramparts are well-kept and can be scaled. * The abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel (***) was okay but failed to live up to my... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Mont Saint Michel is too popular for its own good. My suggestion is to get there early because by lunchtime it is very crowded and difficult to walk around or get refreshments. Transportation from the public car parks is excellent but my suggestion is to walk towards the island and feast on the staggering view that is in front of... More

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Sachse, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Mont Saint Michel was amazing, especially views for a distance. The abbey was also beautiful. The views at the tope were fantastic. We drove from La Defense with a rental car and GPS in 4 hours. We were at MSM about 4 PM and it was low tide. Most tourists left MSM. We walked to the abbey with no line... More

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

When nature and mankind work purposefully together, amazing places come to life. Mont-Saint-Michel is one of these places. Do not make the mistake of brushing it off as a tourist trap. Being a popular destination does not make it less impressive – in the full meaning of that word. Yes, accommodations and places to eat in the area might be... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The 4 stars is for the restaurant we ate at, otherwise it would have been 5 stars. I would have rated the restaurant separate but it is not on Tripadvisor. First the Island and the abbey. You pay for parking on the mainland and take a bus or carriage to the island. This is a very impressive place to visit... More

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Coolum Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

One of the best things I've done. We did have a car so it was easy getting to the car park at MSM. The price for parking is €12.50 for the whole day,which is a bit steep, but you get a free bus to the attraction. The car park is very large so for people who can't walk very far... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Easily one of he highlights of France. Tourists dominate le Mont until you buy a ticket into the basilica where you will be enchanted by this magnificent Tidal Island. The tour consists of a self taken tour within the walls of the building where you develop an understanding of how large the place actually is. The small disappointment of the... More

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