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Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 11-16 Centuries
Date of Inscription: 1979, 2007
Location: Europe, France, Regions of Basse-Normandie and Bretagne, dpt. La Manche and Ille-et-Vilaine
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Description: Mont-Saint-Michel, a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael, is known as the 'Wonder of the West'. The site, and the village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls, stands between Normandy and Brittany where its position on a rocky islet in the middle of vast sandbanks exposes it to powerful tides. The abbey which was built between the 11th and 16th centuries, having had to adapt to the problems posed by this unique natural site, is a technical and artistic masterpiece. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Mont Saint-Michel (English: Mount Saint Michael) is a rocky tidal island in Normandy, roughly one kilometre from the north coast of France at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. The inhabitants of Mont-Saint-Michel are called the Montois. In prehistoric times the bay was land, as sea levels rose erosion shaped the coastal landscape over millions of years. Several blocks of granite or granulite emerged in the bay, having resisted the wear and tear of the ocean better than the surrounding rocks. These included Lillemer, the Mont-Dol, Tombelaine and Mont Tombe, later called Mont Saint-Michel. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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