|A copy of the statue of St. Michael that is atop the Abbey|
|The real statue|
The abbey on the Mont, Eglise Abbatiale, was built from 1017 to 1521 and rises to a height of over 400 feet. As you drive into the region you can see it from 20 km away. It's a pretty steep climb to the abbey and it's made even more difficult by having to pass the many souvenier shops selling the usual collection of junk. Once you arrive at the abbey, it is worth it. Touring the massive building you continually wonder "how on earth did they build this on an island?". Services are still held there, although frankly I don't think they have much of a local congregation given the location.
Although there are hotels on the island, we stayed at a small inn on shore where --- Grant and I were the only customers again.
|The alley leading to the abbey|
|Old meets new|
|The surrounding land at low tide.|
|One of the "small" side areas in the Abbey|
|You can pay to take a tour of the mud flats around the castle at low tide. I'm not sure why one would do this, but it did seem to be quite popular.|
|View of Mont-St-Michel from our Inn in the morning|
|It takes columns like these to hold up the huge Abbey|