Discover the abbey with me, your private guide. I’ll show you the secret ways of Mont Saint Michel which will allow us to avoid the crowd!
Thanks to priority access, we’ll skip the line.
For about 1h30 min , I will tell you everything you need to know about this beautiful building. Architecture , History, the life of the benedictine monks. Mont Saint Michel will have no secrets for you anymore!
After the tour of the abbey, we will have a lunch in a nice restaurant there on the island and then you’ll have time to wander around the village to go shopping or just explore more of the beautiful sights.
Mont Saint Michel was founded in 709 after the bishop Aubert received the visit of the Archangel Saint Michael (708) requiring of him to build a sanctuary for him. Aubert couldn’t believe it and waited so the archangel put his finger on Aubert’s skull, made a hole in it so he would realize that this was not a dream. Aubert sent two emissaries in Italy in Monte Gargano where the archangel had appeared in the 5th century.
A church was built in the 10th century, “Our lady underground”, which was consolidated in the 11th century in order to build the abbey church that we know today on top of this one.
Mont Saint michel has several layers of construction. in the 13th century , the “wonder” was added up. this 3 story building with the cloister and refectory.
The mount was attacked by the English during the hundred year war but never surrendered.
it became a jail in 1790 til 1863. more than 14 000 prisonners went through this jail.
in 1876, mont saint michel was classified historical monument and restored.
In 1979, it was added up on the list of the Unesco World Heritage.
The tour is from 9am to 5pm including the vehicule and guide services. Lunch and entrance fee to the abbey not included.
My advice if you want to do the crossing of the Bay of Mont Saint Michel:
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