A Picture Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from History to Cafes You'll Never Forget It
|The Spired Spector Rises to Your Left from Miles Away|
|Shuttle Bus View|
As you approach the entrance it's evident that the structure literally rises out of the stone.
We've crossed the bridge to the single entry point.
The entry gate tells volumes about the need for security in this isolated strategic place.
Merchants in the village surrounding the abbey make ready for the hoardes of visitors. The village circles the abbey with shops, cafes and charming stone homes that were formerly where the workers needed to maintain life there lived.
Once inside this gigantic structure, vaulted ceilings and hidden corners carry eyes and imagination in all directions
An ancient ship model hangs from the rafters, reminding the monks to pray for sailors.
|The structure rises from the stone|
Few realize that early mathematicians knew this immense structure needed many underground crypts and chapels dug in order to support the increasing tremendous weight of additional structures added over time.
Not all is dark and overwhelming. There are areas to stroll and enjoy the light.
Beautiful carved stone reliefs tell the stories of saints and heroes.
Huge gears and a complicated system to ring the heavy bells. Imagine the magnificent sound hear from afar.
One of the final rooms before exiting the abbey contains models of Saint-Michel as it progressed over time. This early model shows that today's building has evolved to about four times it's original size.
Leaving the never-ending interiors for a stroll around the exterior areas continued the feeling of time travel with beautifully maintained stone pathways and dwellings..
Not to be discouraged -- there are plenty of charming places to enjoy food and friends and shopping.
Once surrounded by water during high tide, the changes of ocean and time finally filled the area around so that the abbey no longer was an island but rather a point on a sandbar. A recently completed restoration taking years and countless tons of dredging has returned it to the striking vision on water it once was. Here's a view of what would have been ocean before the dredging was completed.
Signs at the time we visited that explained the huge undertaking.
|The restoration close to finish|
|The sand you see is again covered with oceanT|
It's only about 2:00 pm and the streets are packed with streams of visitors.
Looking back as we say our goodbyes we can imagine the difficulty of reaching the abbey centuries ago before there was a bridged road bringing people across.