Cloister, Le Mont St. Michel, France

The only bright patch we saw at Le Mont St. Michel was the cloister roof garden. The flowers were just beginning to bloom and under the dull sky that day, the bright green patch cheered us. The walkway around the garden was for the monks. And tourists today walk the same pathway where monks once strolled, prayed and meditated. Ideal place to contemplate on life! One does feel a sense of peace!

The cloister is lined with two layers of columns instead of single thick columns. This arrangement enhanced the inflow of light. The staggered pattern of the columns makes photography of these parts very interesting. The arches are sculpted with designs of flowers and owls. The dormitory, church, kitchen, stairways could be accessed from here.

The abbey church façade looked magical through the columns of the cloister.

One can’t resist looking up all the time and click the amazing structure standing so high and majestic. The outlines of gargoyles made the sight even more interesting. You get models of these gargoyles as souvenirs at the shops lined along the street Grande Rue. The yellow patches on the surface of the stone complex gives away the age and this makes it more mysterious, monstrous, yet magnificent. Just think of this: The Mont was used to imprison enemies of the crown until Emperor Napoleon III shut it down in 1863. These ramparts are the best place to position yourself to watch the natural phenomena of tides rolling in and out.

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21 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    pretty shot amongst the grays and browns.

  2. Joop Zand says:

    Good shots from a nice place in France.

    Greetings, Joop

  3. Linda says:

    Beautiful pictures…what an amazing place! Have a great day!!

  4. ewok1993 says:

    very impressive church.

  5. Sylvia K says:

    Such an awesome place! Thank you so much for the tours you've taken us on, Indrani! I do love the first shot and it does stand out among the gray and browns and the gray skies!! Hope you have a lovely weekend! Enjoy!

  6. Sridharan says:

    Amazing place indeed..The first shot is very well composed..!

  7. What an amazing example of old world architecture. The building looks just as fine as the day it was built. What a beauty! genie

  8. Rajesh says:

    Wonderful structure. I liked the first shot.

  9. What a beautiful tour of the Cloisters. I visited one back in NYC but I am sure the one in France is stunning. Thanks for sharing.

  10. ladyfi says:

    Those first two shots are simply stunning!

  11. AmitAag says:

    A grand post and lovely skies:)
    Thank you Indrani:)

  12. afanja says:

    Beautiful shots of a very special place. I specially love the first two shots.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend!

  13. Carver says:

    Wonderful subject for photography and looks like an interesting place to visit.

  14. Anu says:

    Loved to bits the first picture!

  15. Friko says:

    It’s a long time since I went to Mont St Michel. thank you reminding me with your great pictures.

  16. Seems like such a beautiful place and loved the way the first pic is clicked!

  17. Pure peace. Beautiful!

  18. Irene says:

    Gorgeous place indeed … and great captures!

    Irene

  19. Great Shots!! Beautiful place!

  20. Liked the first shot very much. 🙂

  21. Shani says:

    A yearn to visit this place on earth, bubbled in the beginning. Now, with such a beautiful elaboration, I shall park my desire deep down.There was a satisfaction that impelled , on viewing this …….

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