Abbaye du Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The main reason to visit the Mont St Michel is the abbey, a Romanesque and Gothic masterpiece of design and a phenomenal work of architecture, with underground crypts and chapels that were built to hold up the huge abbey on top. Building first began on the Mont in 708 when a sanctuary was created in honour of the archangel and the abbey church was completed in the early 1000s, a feat constructed at 80m above sea level.

It became a place of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and some pilgrims wouldwalk up the 900 plus steps on their knees as a sign of penance and the Mont can even be seen on the Bayeux Tapestry from 1066. After holding out against the English during the Hundred Year's War, the abbey was later used by the atheist government of the French Revolution as a prison for priests who refused to renounce their vows. It was restored in the 19th century and is a beautiful place for some quiet reflection with incredible views across the salt flats of the bay of Mont St Michel.

Exclusive Offer

Visit the iconic Abbaye du Mont St Michel at the reduced rate of just €8 per person. Teaming up with Centre des Monuments Nationaux, Brittany Ferries is pleased to offer this exclusive discount. Simply present your cabin key or boarding card when purchasing your entry ticket.

Nearby attractions

The Archéoscope is a multimedia sound and light show based on the history and legends of the Mont. Watch as the myths and history come to life on a big screen, with a 3D model of the Mont which rises from the water of a pool...

The History Museum on Mont St Michel contains lots of artefacts to understand the Mont's long and vibrant history. Here you'll find a collection of ancient weapons, medieval instruments of torture and you can also visit the...

This small chapel is perched at the foot of the island where there is a set of stone steps out to reach it. It was built in 708 on an outcrop of rock that legend says fell from the top of the mount after being pushed by a...

In the Bay of Mont St Michel, this museum has an exhibition about 'man, nature & landscapes' - the flora, fauna & local activities from centuries ago, which include pêche à pied (a clever way of fishing on foot, which...

Places to visit nearby

Mont St Michel in Normandy is one of France's most popular tourist attractions attracting over 3 million visitors every year.

Avranches in Normandy is an historical city that was once a royal city under Louis IX, and saw an important battle during WW2, overlooking the beautiful bay of Mont St Michel.

Dol-de-Bretagne in Brittany is a quaint medieval town close to the rugged Mont Dol that overlooks the bay of Mont St Michel.

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