Photographer's Note

The ruined chapel at Mont-Saint-Michel. Even on a dreary day, Mont-Saint-Michel overwhelms the senses. Geographically, the Mont is a rocky tidal islet, roughly one kilometre from the north coast at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. Celebrated for its Benedictine Abbey, there are small houses and shops on the lowest level. The abbey church crowns the islet, standing some 240 feet (73m) above sea level. The first chapel here was founded in 708 by Aubert, Bishop of Avranches.

The Mont was previously connected to the mainland by a natural land bridge that was submerged part of the day, much like its British counterpart, Mount St. Michael in Cornwall. However, its tidal island nature has been altered by centuries of polderization of coastal flats and canalising of the Couesnon River, preventing the tide from scouring silt. There are currently plans to remove the causeway and replace it with a bridge and shuttle.

Today the Mont is a World Heritage Site. My shots of the main, typical view of the Mont are too poor to post, as there are so many classical gems on TE already, so I offer the old chapel.

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Additional Photos by John Cherrington (john_c) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4079 W: 52 N: 5746] (24666)
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