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The marvel of the western world

Mont-Saint-Michel is synonymous above all with its world-renowned silhouette, which can be seen in the bay from miles around. The abbey, which made it famous, is located at the summit, forcing visitors and pilgrims to climb the crowded street that leads to the Grand Degré, to the Le Gouffre staircase and, finally, at the top, to the large terrace facing west. The abbey is a challenge to be conquered, and from the top, the view over the Couesnon River is so beautiful!

Tours begin here, close to the sky, starting with the abbey church, whose Romanesque power contrasts with the adjoining cloisters, a Gothic jewel inundated with light. It is quite a “Marvel”, with its soaring architecture in the refectory and the guest room, before one descends into the entrails of the Mount and goes back in time to the moving Carolingian crypt of Notre-Dame-sous-Terre.

An important religious site since Antiquity, the Mount became a Christian sanctuary founded by Aubert, Bishop of Avranches, in the 8th century, after he had had a dream of the Archangel Michael. The Benedictine abbey was founded in the 10th century and became a prestigious centre for the copying of manuscripts. After the French Revolution, Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey was used as a prison until the 1860s. With more than 20 rooms to visit, an amazing view of the bay and a range of possible tours, the abbey, managed by France’s Centre of National Monuments, today opens its doors to visitors from the world over.


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Practical InformationAddress : Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel 50 170 Le Mont Saint Michel
: 02 33 89 80 00
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Open from :

May 1 to August 31

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

From September 1st to April 30

9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Last group slot accessible by reservation: 1h30 before closing (4:30 or 5:30 p.m. depending on the season)

Last entry allowed: 1 hour before closing (5 p.m. or 6 p.m. depending on the season)

Last audio guide pick-up: 1h30 before closing (4:30 or 5:30 p.m. depending on the season)

The abbey is open every day EXCEPT January 1, May 1 and December 25

Don't forget to anticipate the travel time between the car parks and the entrance to the abbey (45 min./1h)

Monastic Fraternity of Jerusalem, housed in this national monument.
- Offices (Tuesday to Sunday), 7 a.m. lauds (8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday), 6.30 p.m. vespers (except Monday and Sunday)
- Mass at 12:15 p.m. (11:30 a.m. on Sunday).
Present yourself at the gates of the abbey 15 minutes before.

Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel
Norman Abbeys
Norman Abbeys

Abbayes de Normandie - Route historique
28, rue Raymond Aron
BP 52
76824 Mont-Saint-Aignan Cedex

+33 (0)2 35 12 41 60
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