There are certain cities and sights that are touristy but still necessary to visit. One of these is Mont St. Michel.
Located along the English Channel in the Normandy region of France, this Romanesque masterpiece is a sight to see. Driving towards it, you start getting a glimmer of something in the distance and wonder “Is that it?”. With each mile you drive the abbey seems to grow right before your eyes until you are face to face with one of the most amazing sights.
Built into the rock the Mont started out as a fortification defending the coast from invaders before becoming a monastery in 708 AD. This beauty has been around a very long time and has seen its fair share of history from the Norman Conquest, Hundred Years War, French Revolution and World War II.
At one point, the monks had moved away so the government turned Mont St Michel into a prison for its political prisoners. Around 1836 there were calls to restore the mount to its glory. It was during 1874 that it was declared a historic monument and in 1979 Mont St Michel was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Yes Mont St Michel can be very touristy but passing along the cobblestoned path, passing the shops as you wind your way up the more than 900 steps to the abbey is worth it! The architecture is stunning and dramatic while the views are amazing from all angles.
What other touristy spots are “must sees”?
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Maybe I’ll see you there.