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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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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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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This abbaye and it's surroundings are fabulous. You must stop to visit. The parking lot is a fair distance from the site but the shuttle bus takes you to the site. You need to walk quite a fair distance and to climb stairs to the top. You need a comfortable pair of walking shoes and be prepare to climb. Not... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Especially if you've been to St Michael's Mount in Cornwall, you have to see this. It's a fair trek to the top, into the church but well worth it. There's a free shuttle bus from the parking area and it's well organised. Just a bit confusing paying to get out, there's a paystation near where the bus drops you off... More

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SLC UT
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Spent 2-4 hours touring this Mountain. Wonderful experience !! You park your car in town ($15 fee I think) and are bussed to the Mountain. Lots of walking from the bus, through the little town of shops and through the Abby, but so worth it. I think the fee to tour the actual Abby was 9 euros. Lots of stairs... More

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Iowan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The Abbaye Mont Saint Michel is well worth a visit if you're in the area, but be sure to bring your walking shoes! Wow, there was a lot of walking/climbing stairs. Unfortunately it rained on us the whole time we were there, but we have no regrets about going. Lovely place though. Just a tip-be sure to have change for... More

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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

As a part of our photography tour with Valerie Jardin, we got to stay one night on the island at Mount Saint-Michel. I have previously reviewed the hotel and the accompanying restaurant. All superb! To visit the Abby or Abbaye is an experience everyone should consider on their bucket list. It was on mine and while I have not crossed... More

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Galesburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Although a rainy day in October this is a must see. How this was ever built is a wonder. When the tide was out there was almost no way to this and when the tide was in you needed a boat. Now they have built a causeway so access is much easier although you must walk a ways.

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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We arrived mid-morning and easily found and were directed to the "libre" parking (meaning open, not free). We took the navette shuttle near the TI – departs every few minutes. We avoided the crowded main street through the old village shops and climbed the stairs on the right after the drawbridge. A series of steep stairs up the ramparts lead... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This has to be one of the true marvels of the world! You must visit this , though I would advise to get there early , as you will be ahead of the tour bus crowds. We enjoyed the horse and cart return option and then had a lovely meal in one of the restaurants near the public parking area.... More

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Sterling, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

If you go to Mont Saint Michel you have to go all the way to the top in the Abbaye. The entire Mont Saint Michel is a treat, but the Abbaye tops it all off. The history is incredible from the 6th century to present day. Very old and amazing the architects in those days conceived and built such structures.... More

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Luzern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The Abbey at Mont St. Michel was incredibly impressive, parts of it dating back to the 700's. The tour was extremely reasonably priced at 9E/each. You have the option of an audioguide or a live tour in your language. I fully recommend the live tour. It was 1.5 hours and I just know our guide shared more with us during... More

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