Mont-Saint-Michel

Highly touristic tour of Mont-Saint-Michel.
Like all the world-famous sites, one finds there a fauna of tourists without faith nor law. We jostle, yell, we respect nothing and we pollute the atmosphere.
Taking pictures of the place without human vermin has been a challenge. This is reflected in the relative quality of several photos. Sorry but killing people to take pictures in peace isn't allowed.
Fortunately, a generous sun was there.

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On the way to Mont-Saint-Michel !

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The dike that connects Mont-Saint-Michel to the mainland. Built in the 19th century, it's responsible for the silting of the bay. In the near future, it will disappear. Mont-Saint-Michel will soon regain its island character.

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The bay totally silted.

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Under a very innocent aspect, these lands are a deadly trap for anyone who wants to venture there. Recently, four people have been victims of these quicksand.

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On the left, the bedrock of the ruins of the old hotel, collapsed in 1817. In the center-right, the winch to mount the food in the abbey.

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The famous restaurant of Mère Poulard and the Porte du Roy (King's Gate).

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The town hall.

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Grand'Rue.

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One of the first buildings of the abbey.

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The east end of the "Merveille", Gothic three-storey building built on a rocky slope.

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The entrance of the abbey, after the rise of an endless stair.

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The "Merveille" with the refectory above the Hall of Hosts (built between 1215 and 1220).

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The facades of the abbey and their impressive verticality.

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The visitor reception room of the abbey (former guard room).

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The Hall of Hosts.

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The Knights' Hall.

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The island of Tombelaine. Between the 11th and 17th century, it was the seat of a priory. Since then it has been abandoned.

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The chapel Notre-Dame-sous-Terre, founded in 966.

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Statue of the Virgin between the "Merveille" and the buildings of Robert de Torigni (1154-1164).

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The squirrel cage. Prisoners were locked up and had to walk on the spot to raise the winch located outside the building.

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View of the winch ramp.

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The lower chapel dedicated to Saint-Martin, located under the abbey church.

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The lower church or Crypt of the Gros Piliers. Its name comes from the fact that it serves as a foundation for the abbey church. The size of the pillars is explained by the weight they must bear.

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The Gothic choir. Rebuilt between 1446 and 1523, following the collapse of the original Romanesque choir.

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The nave of the church. It was originally endowed with seven bays. There are only four left.

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The first three bays were destroyed in 1776 following a fire.

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The classical facade built following the fire of 1776.

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The spire of the church (1898), topped by the statue of Saint-Michael slaying the dragon.

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The cloister. Built in the 13th century, it adjoins the refectory.

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Here, the monks came to meditate.

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It was remodeled in 1966 inspired by the medieval cloisters.

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To the left, three openings giving surprisingly on the void. This is the entrance to the Chapter Hall, which was never built.

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The left arm of the transept, reworked in the 13th century.

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The refectory. Superior Room of the "Merveille".

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The very narrow windows give a particular light to this room.

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The wooden vault is identical to that of the nave of the church.

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A replica of the statue of Saint-Michael that sits at the top of the spire of the church.

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The exit of the abbey. At the top, we find the three arcades of the cloister giving in the void.

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These walls represent a technical feat. Only the means of the time and the inhospitality of the place force respect.

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The terrace of the church, surmounting Notre-Dame-sous-Terre.

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On this side, the abbey offers rather the face of an impregnable fortress.

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End of visit.

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Sunset on the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel.

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August 2011

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