Mont Saint Michel is an island commune in France often dubbed the “wonder of the Western world”. It is one of France’s most recognizable landmarks located 600 meters off the country’s northwestern coast near the Avranches at the Couesnon River in Normandy. The island is a popular destination for travellers and an international pilgrimage destination which attracts millions of people every year. Mont Saint Michel was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.
With a population of only 44 people over its 100 hectare area, the island’s church dates back to ancient times as early as the 8th century AD.
The consecrated church was built on October 16th, 709. On the 966 on, the dukes of Normandy and the French kings supported the development of an abbey on the island – The Abbey of Mont Saint Michel.
From the city of Pontorson, buses leave daily to the mont and stop right at the entrance of the abbey.
Once in the island, the only way to get around is by foot.