Le Mont St. Michel, France
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!