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Visiting the Mont Saint Michel, the medieval village and ramparts
The Mont Saint Michel was one of the most important military strongholds in the Middle Ages. For over a thousand years, buildings were erected, each more audacious and beautiful than the next, forming a unique, outstanding architectural ensemble.
A listed UNESCO natural and cultural world heritage site since 1979, the Wonder of the West attracts as many as three million visitors, tourists and pilgrims a year.
Nestled on its craggy rock, isolated from the mainland twice a day by the tides, the Mont Saint Michel boasts a rich historic and architectural heritage.
Over the centuries, builders in the Middle Ages developed an impressive defensive stronghold comprising ramparts, towers and bastions. When you walk along the ramparts you can admire the breathtaking panoramic view over the bay and the watch the highest tide in the world come in twice and day.
Take a stroll along the main street (Grande Rue) lined with old stone or timber-framed houses, then walk past the legendary Mère Poulard Inn and take the small winding backstreets along which you will find some beautiful listed houses. You can quite easily lose yourself along the narrow alleyways and other hidden passages !