Ethereal apparition of Mont Saint-Michel in the distance above the low-lying morning fog. Normandy, France.
Owing to its rich medieval Christian history, Mont Saint-Michel is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Moreover, the bay itself which surrounds the improbably perched abbey on its isolated granit islet is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Twice daily, the ocean retreats as far as 4 kilometers away from the famed abbey. Normandy, France.
The Christian era of Mont Saint-Michel started in 708 when the site was chosen to be dedicated to archangel St Michael. The abbey we see today dates back to the 13th century. Normandy, France.
French Alcatraz; being completely surrounded by either quicksand or chilly water at high tide, the site of Mont Saint-Michel was chosen to serve as a prison during the French Revolution. In the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel, the tide’s amplitude can reach up to 15 meters. Normandy, France.
The association of a medieval architectural wonder with a unique geological setting makes the Mont Saint-Michel one of the most visited site in France. Normandy, France.
Mont Saint-Michel being a strong competitor in the tourism industry, a large parking infrastructure for the 2 to 3 million yearly visitors had to be built. Normandy, France.
Arromanches-les-Bains, the geographical center where the Normandy Landing took place on June 6h, 1944, France.