Visit of Mont Saint Michel
A truly magical place, and as evocative as a few, all over the world.
A wonderful island that rises in a bay, known for the phenomenon of the tides, right here of exceptional range.
Just half a day, or a little more, for a visit to Mont Saint Michel, and discover the wonderful town, and the Benedictine abbey.
The spectacle of the place appears visible, along the way, kilometers away. Really fascinating.
Beyond the bridge-walkway, you reach the walls. Porte de l'Avancée, Porte du Boulevard e Porte du Roi, they are the three access points for the town.
La Grand Rue it is the only road present, which climbs along the slopes of the islet.
The road goes around the rock up to the slopes of the Sanctuary. The journey is dotted with souvenir shops, boutiques, clubs, hotels and restaurants.
Èglise Saint-PierreAlong the way, it is a small, picturesque, Catholic church that stands near the cemetery, before reaching the Abbey. Consecrated to the cult of St. Peter, it is a small building built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. During the visit of Mont Saint Michel, you can attend Masses, celebrated from Sunday to Friday at 11 and Saturday at 18. During the Sundays of July and August, also in the afternoon at 17
The splendid Benedictine abbey was built starting from the 10th century. It presents different styles, the result of overlapping parts, and buildings, over the following centuries. The enlargement was made necessary by the considerable increase of pilgrims, coming from every corner of the country. Thus we pass from the Romanesque to the Gothic, to the Carolingian.
Corridors, terraces, stairways, and rooms on different levels, make up this extraordinary complex. From the top of the Sanctuary, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the whole bay.
During the visit of Mont Saint Michel, do not miss the wonderful Cloister twelfth century, marvelously marked by slender columns and reliefs carved into the stone of Caen. Very beautiful!
At the third level of the complex, there is the abbey church, dedicated to the archangel Michael, preceded by a large churchyard. Outside, you can admire the numerous Gothic spiers, and the bell tower dominated by the golden statue of San Michele, high 170meters.
The Abbey is open every day, from Monday to Sunday, with the following times:
From September to April, from 09: 30 to 18: 00. From May to August, from 09: 00 to 19: 00.
The full-fare ticket per adult costs 10.00 €. Reduced for non-citizens among the 18 and 25 years not resident in the EU, 8.00 €. FREE for under 18, disabled and their carers, and citizens of EU countries among the 18 and 25 years not completed.
The ticket office is located at the entrance to the Sanctuary, in the Sala delle Guardie.