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.
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.