If you visit only one castle this year, make it this one

Mount Saint-Michel is located on a tidal island in Normandy, France. It is home to the unusual Benedictine Abbey and its steepled church (built between the 11th and 16th centuries), daringly placed at the top of the mount.

Many underground crypts and chapels had to be built to compensate for this weight. The tides in the area can vary greatly, at roughly 14 metres between high and low water marks.

This image and below: click to enlarge; images via, originals unknown

(image credit: Stevage, via)

(image credit: Enum, via)

Compare the prominent position of Mont St. Michel abbey with this one (sigh...):

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Images source (in part): via; unfortunately they do not mention original photographers; if you know who took the pictures please contact me, I'll put in the credit.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This place is incredible, havent been there since I was a child, but its one of those places that really sticks with me.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, the Mont St-Michel IS definitely a place to visit, especially at dawn and/or dusk.
I've been there three or four times I think, but as I grew up, my vision of the Mont changed drastically.
It's huge and at the same time so confined, but each time mind blowing. Also lately they installed new lightings at the base of the abbaye, they look marvelous.

Oh and you can sign up for walks starting on the shore, that leads you through the bay to the Mont. You have to be guided cause it's a common place known for its quicksands. But it's really worth it.
Alex, from Paris, France

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely wonderful.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

that Moon's got to be photoshopped, right?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, this was taken when the moon crashed into the earth last Saturday.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last Saturday!? Dammit, I miss all the good stuff.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harvest moon. When atmospheric conditions are just right...it can fill your field of vision. I've seen it this way, almost this big, from near the Philadelphia airport sometime in mid-80s

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's an amazing castle.
I can only imagine how romantic a walk on the shore would be.

Blogger Olga said...

That's an amazing place and amazing shots!!! Photographers who took these photos made a really good job! Thanks people for showing us such a wonderful place.

Blogger Alexisnexus said...

I agree this place looks incredible and the next best thing if you cannot visit there is to watch the movie filmed there called "Mindwalk".

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