History of the Mont Saint Michel
A masterpiece of humanity
A thousand years of history, of faith, courage and human talent shaped the Mont Saint Michel, a masterpiece of World Heritage. Wonder of the West, New Jerusalem, Pyramid of the seas... these are the names given to the Mont Saint Michel since the Middle Ages.
It was in 708 that this beautiful story begins, when the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop Aubert and orders him to build a sanctuary on the Mont Tombe, granite island in the middle of a huge bay beaten by the highest tides in the world.
An oustanding example of architecture listed by Unesco
The Mont Saint Michel was born. Over a thousand years, buildings emerged each more beautiful and daring than the next, creating the most outstanding masterpieces in the world.
Alternately monastery, cultural and spiritual centre of Christianity, pilgrimage and devotion, citadel and prison, the Mont-Saint-Michel is part of the history of France.
In homage to its history and outstanding architecture, in 1979 UNESCO listed the Mont-Saint-Michel as a masterpiece of natural and cultural heritage of humanity.
From an important pilgrimage site to a world famous tourist destination
Between the Abbey which dominates and the walls that protect it, the medieval village has welcomed pilgrims since the Middle Ages with its main street, narrow streets, gardens and half-timbered houses clinging to the rock.
Today, over 3.5 million visitors enjoy this spiritual, cultural and tourist destination every year.