The Mont-Saint-Michel is an international place of pilgrimage as well as a major tourist centre.
The different stages of its construction have created a unique architectural ensemble which was classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1979.
Read on to find out more about its history and also the big plans for its future...
It is believed that Aubert, Bishop of d'Avranches, founded a sanctuary on Mont-Tombe, after 3 successive appearances by the Archangel Michael. Consecrated in 709, the church has attracted both the curious and pilgrim from all over the world ever since.
After having been made into a prison from the time of the French Revolution up until the time of the Second Empire, the Abbey became the responsibility of the Historical Monuments Department in 1874. Since 1969 the Abbey has been home to a monastic community, ensuring the continuation of a spiritual presence.
Rightly called "The Wonder of the Western World", the Mont-Saint-Michel is surrounded by a magnificent bay, which is the theatre of the greatest tidal ranges in Europe, a grandiose spectacle.
Situated between the Point of Grouin (Cancale) in Brittany and the Point of Champeaux (towards Granville), in Normandy, the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel is also included on the UNESCO list of World Cultural and Natural Heritage sites.
A place of history and legends, today's site has been subject for thousands of years to the vagaries of natural forces whose power can be judged by the difficulties of the Bay. Today work is under way to restore to the sea its rightful place around the Mont.
More about the Restoration Works
The Avranches Scriptorial: Interactive museum, home to the Mont-Saint-Michel manuscripts.