Mont Saint-Michel (crs)
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Mont Saint-Michel was used in the 6th and 7th centuries as an Armorican stronghold of Romano-Breton culture until it was ransacked by the Franks ending the trans-channel culture that had stood since the departure of the Romans in 460. Before the construction of the first monastic establishment in the 8th century, the island was called "monte tombe". According to legend St. Michael the Archangel appeared to St. Aubert, bishop of Avranches, in 708 and instructed him to build a church on the rocky islet. Aubert repeatedly ignored the angel's instruction until St. Michael burned a hole in the bishop's skull with his finger. In 933 William "Long Sword", William I, Duke of Normandy, annexed the Cotentin Peninsula, definitively placing the island in Normandy. It is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. Ducal patronage financed the spectacular Norman architecture of the abbey. In 1067 the monastery of Mont Saint-Michel gave its support to duke William of Normandy in his claim to the throne of England. It was rewarded with properties on the English side of the Channel, including a small island located to the west of Cornwall, which is modeled after the Mount. During the Hundred Years War the English repeatedly assaulted the island but were unable to seize it. The bay has silted up over the years and Mont Saint-Michel is no longer an island. There is a French government project underway to restore the bay to its original size. It was to be completed in 2012. Exploring the island is a full days outing. Cars are not allowed so one must walk. There are two ways up, a front way though the village and a back way which is less steep and much less busy. I suggest going up the back way and coming down the front way.
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