Mont St. Michel: Dazzling beauty of ancient eraFrance | April 12, 2010 | No discussion yet
It was such a fantastic site in Normandy, France. I was completely enthralled by watching such a striking mount of excellent structures of ancient world. Well, I mush say; Normandy has plenty of breathtaking attraction to be arrested for a week. However, when it is in France, the place boasts amazing historical and other attractions for which tourists throng from various countries.
Being a traveller, this time I went to explore the Normandy’s Mont Saint-Michel, which is a rocky tidal island and also a commune. Locating nearly at a distance of one kilometer of the north coast of the country, this attraction could be found at the mouth of the Couesnon River that is close to the Avranches. The island holds a population of just 41 people. The formation of the island took over millions of years during the prehistoric times. It was initially a land that was turned into a bay. Between the waters, the island offers spectacular views to the visitors who demand a pleasant and fabulous vacation.
The island is a well-known tourist destination because of the Mount St. Michel, which is a small UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island is also popularly known as the site of spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel that is situated at the peak of the rocky island. The twisting streets and complex architecture of the medieval town bound this island. The attraction named Mont Saint Michel was formally inscribed in the year 1979 as a World Heritage Site. I was wondering how I will finish my visit and explore the site within a day!
Well, before reaching the site, I come to the point that the attraction could be easily accessible by driving at the way from Caen at the A84 southwest towards Pontorson. Then further, I continued driving some more kilometres to the Avranches. Those who are coming from the city of Paris can take 4.5 hours drive to reach this amazing and historical attraction. The site could be explored by foot, besides this, there is no other way to explore it. So enjoy your holidays by experiencing the ancient Gothic style ancient attraction.
The site offers Abbey of Mont Saint Michel and remains open from 2 May to 30 August during 9am to 7pm. Besides this, the site also remains open on 1st September to 30th April from 9.30am to 6pm. You need to pay some admission charges to explore the place and its attractions. For this, adults will have to pay €8.5 and those who belongs to the age group of 18 to 25 years, will have to pay €5. Well, I wish I would have come under 18 years then I would have been the lucky person among others to explore the site without paying a single penny.
Before you start exploring the site, do not forget to carry a map and taking a guide will no doubt, offer you good experiences. You can even take an audio guided tour that charges €4 with few of the optional languages like English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. At the time of French revolution, the Abbey was used as a prison, though it needs a massive restoration. Mont St. Michel features some of the prison-era showpieces such as the human hamster wheel that was used to pick up supplies in and out of the complex.
Apart from the Abbey of Mont Saint Michel, you can also see Notre-Dame Sous Terre Chapel. It is the Carolingian church that is named as the Chapelle Notre-Dame-sous-Terre, which means Our Lady underground. The first Benedictine monks built this attraction during 966. It was built at the site of oratory that was erected by Saint Aubert in the early VIIIth century. The island has plenty of hotels where you can stay and explore the place. Most of tourists visit at the site during day and cover the site within few hours and I did the same, visit and explore within a day.
While returning to home, I stood still for sometime watching the dazzling site from far that glitters with amazing settings of lights. Those wants to enjoy their holidays at the site, can even stay at a camp. The area offers three star camping sites that could be found in Pontorson and is named as Camping Haliotis.