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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

I have waited a long time and finally got to visit this stunning place. Luckily it was not crowded so there was space to savor the space, inside and out. Mont St. Michel and Chartres by Henry Adams is a great book to read if you are planning a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

A unique architecture you can tell from miles away and as an icon throughout France. We went in the afternoon and breezed thru to the entrance with ease, had dinner near the main viewing platform and got to see the night view as well. If eating at a restaurant vs fast food outlet, service is at French dining pace but... More

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We visited the Abbey mid September and were fortunate to encounter less crowds than other months. Meaning we were able to stop and enjoy the views, take pictures without feeling like we were holding up the lines of visitors behind us. Note: It's essential that you purchase your tickets for the Abbey early in your visit, to find out the... More

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Menlo Park, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

The abbey itself does not take a long time to check out. Unfortunately, it's architecturally quite unattractive and mediocre compared to several others you can visit in and around Paris. The little village is picturesque though extremely touristy. The views from the abbey and from the walls running around the island were a treat though.The throngs of tourists and the... More

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Visiting this world heritage site is well worth it. This is one of the very best World Heritage Sites which I have visited. Driving in Mont-St-Michel is restricted, you need a security code to get in the zone. There isn't any parking space available on the island. There is a huge parking facility available outside of the restricted driving zone... More

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I went to see this on a residential lately beautiful site shops are expensive good view (crowded) overall good but expensive

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We arrived on the island at 4:15pm and were greeted by hoards of people leaving. Luckily we went straight to the abbey because we purchased the last entry tickets at 4:30pm. You can stay in the abbey until 6:00 pm. It is well worth a visit, especially when the crowds have gone. There are so many areas of the abbey... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great take-in. Very crowded and some a bit pushy but it is worth the trip. We rented a car from the cruise ship port and found a parking spot not too far away from the shuttle bus. Lots to see and amazingly imposing. Do it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Sept 18 at12 noon not too much of a crowd. Walking to and fro along the causeway is great. Walk all the ramparts too. I was disappointed with the audio guide not a lot of detail (by comparison to Chenonceau) Take a drive at night 20.00 park free in the car park in front of the restaurants and walk along... More

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Chula Vista, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Yes, there are horrible crowds. Yes, there is way too much touristy stuff. But as the site itself says---they were selling tourist stuff to the pilgrimage folks, back in the middle ages, too. Everyone wanted to take home a souvenir. Go early in the day, or late in the day if possible. Crowds are at a peak in the early... More

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