Le Mont St. Michel, France

When I first saw Mont St. Michel from a distance, hazy, unclear, I felt it was unreal! A huge cathedral rising out of nowhere, it kept drawing us closer like magnet.

When we reached the site the tide was low, mudflats were visible and rows and rows of cars were parked. Imagine the place looking like an island when the tides are high. It seems water rises to 60 feet high, forget parking anywhere close, unless you have insured your vehicle well and can prove that you weren’t warned. ‘There are areas of quicksands too’ we were warned.

The whole place was crowded as if all the tourists in the world planned to visit the monument that same day; in fact it is the same scene every day (20,000 people per day). During festivals the crowd is more.

In 708, Aubert, Bishop of Avranches erected the chapel on this site because of a dream in which he saw the Archangel Michael who commanded him to build a church on the rock in his honor. And when the bishop dared to express doubts, the Archangel thrust a finger through his skull! The Abbey took on the name Mont Saint Michel.
(This information was found in an original Xth century manuscript called: La Revelation ecclesiae sancti Michaelis.)

It is really one of the most enchanting monument or cathedral in the whole of France that I saw!

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25 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    wow! impressive mountain cathedral!

  2. Sylvia K says:

    Such an awesome place! I would love to visit there! Wonderful captures as always, Indrani! Have a great weekend and celebrate the New Year!

  3. Carver says:

    Beautiful shot. I love the misty foggy shot. Magical and mysterious.

  4. Hilary says:

    What a fascinating piece of architecture and piece of history. It's truly beautiful.

  5. Spiderdama says:

    What a great monument! This is good even in bad weather.

    Hope you have a great time and I wish you a Happy New Year:-)

  6. the location alone trumps all other cathedrals i'm sure.

    happy new year.

    ewok

  7. Haddock says:

    This is one of the best places that we enjoyed in France. Its a pity that there are no buses after 8.30 pm (when it gets dark only around 10 pm)
    Truly a mesmerizing place, and the Fluffy Omelettes that we get in one of the outlets is worth watching. Here it is:
    http://joezachs.blogspot.in/2011/10/fluffy-omelets.html
    Being inside the Abbey on the top transports you to that Golden Era.
    Made a video on that:

  8. You travelled to France!
    Awesome, it seems to rise out of nowhere.

  9. Kusum Sanu says:

    Medieval architecture has always fascinated me! Nice article!

  10. Stewart M says:

    I have wanted to visit the place for ages – and now that I live in Australia it rather hard!!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

  11. Joyful says:

    Magnificent place. I hadn't heard of it before.

  12. Alice says:

    Beautiful scenery. Happy New Year to you.

  13. ladyfi says:

    Gorgeous shots!

  14. Gattina says:

    Imagine, I have never been there, it's probably to close, lol !

  15. eileeninmd says:

    What an impressive sight! It is a beautiful place and your photos are awesome! I wish you all the best in 2013, Happy New Years!

  16. Aarti says:

    Majestic and grand.. beautiful πŸ™‚

  17. afanja says:

    Wonderful shots of that great place. It's beautiful to see it rising up from the sea.

  18. Viola says:

    Oh!! I would like to go there! such a lovely place and cathedral! πŸ™‚

    Wishing you a Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

  19. D.Nambiar says:

    That's simply wow!

  20. That is both impressive and dreamy.

  21. Looks beautiful. Nice shot Indrani!

  22. Cloudia says:

    thank you for taking me to this place I have long dreamed of.

  23. Perfect capture, very impressive!!!

  24. Looks like one of the best in France

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