France at a glance: Mont-Saint-Michel Normandy

Written by on October 19, 2017 in Normandy, Readers Photos

Mont Saint Michel Normandy

It’s an iconic landmark and one of the most incredible monuments in Europe, actually I think of it as one of the wonders of the world.

Located on the edge of Normandy and almost in Brittany (which once claimed this little island for its own), the iconic landmark can be seen from miles around.

This place has long inspired awe and the imagination, in 1847 the great French writer Victor Hugo wrote:

“I was yesterday at Mont-Saint-Michel. Here, one would have to cram the superlatives of admiration, as the men have piled the buildings on the rocks and as nature has piled the rocks on the buildings”…

To this day, superlatives are what we use to describe the rocky island topped with an Abbey.

Legend has it that an 8th century bishop in Avranches in Normandy claimed that the Archangel Michael told him to build a church on top of the island. In the following centuries more buildings were added and Mont-Saint-Michel became an important place of pilgrimage and learning.

Nowadays, though the narrow cobbled streets are filled with cafés, tourist shops and restaurants, it’s still extraordinarily beautiful.

This was our photo of the month for September 2016 by Daniela Perria Rickey and shared on our Facebook page where it gained more than 4,500 likes – no wonder, it’s fabulous!

See more Photos of the month in our free digital ezine, The Good Life France Magazine

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