The Mont Saint Michel
About 30 minutes from Camping des Chevrets between Granville and Cancale, discover the architectural wonders of Mont Saint Michel and its bay which hosts the largest tides in Europe! You will have the opportunity to admire the Mount surrounded by water or access it by foot at low tide!
The Mont Saint Michel, a sumptuous rocky island dedicated to Saint Michel, is a magnificent site inscribed on the World Heritage list of Unesco in 1979 under the title “Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay”.
When you set foot on this sublime island place, you will discover architectural marvels in a place steeped in history. A true architectural challenge, Mont Saint Michel has indeed been sublimated through 13 centuries of history.
At the request of the Archangel Michael, Aubert, bishop of Avranches, built and consecrated a first church on October 16, 709. The place became one of the largest centers of medieval pilgrimage, and the Benedictines build an abbey there from the tenth century.
During the Hundred Years War with the English, the fortification of the Mount, protected by a wall and several defense towers, made it a symbolic place of national identity. During the siege in 1421, the Romanesque choir of the church collapsed and it will be totally rebuilt a century later according to Gothic art.
After the revolution of 1789, the monks of Mont-Saint-Michel are hunted and the island becomes a prison for refractory priests in 1793. In 1811, the abbey is transformed into a house of force; this will have saved the abbey from destruction. After the closure of the prison, a dike-road will be built in 1878 to facilitate access.
In 2007, some 20 million euros were committed to continue its conservation and restoration.
Many thematic tours, both for adults and children, are proposed to discover otherwise this place steeped in history.