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Re: Pictures: Those perfect moments
Originally Posted by downeast450
Spectacular building and setting. Structures like this will never be built again. Thanks for sharing.
Down, for the ones that don't know or did not identify that magic place it is Mont Saint Michelle, a place that "must" be visited if you go to France and if you can book a room inside the walls to be able to enjoy the place when the tourist crown is gone. Best time to visit is Spring, out of Easter time:
"The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times, and since the 8th century AD been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites....
Mont-Saint-Michel was used in the 6th and 7th centuries as an Armorican stronghold of Gallo-Roman culture and power, until it was ransacked by the Franks, thus ending the trans-channel culture that had stood since the departure of the Romans in AD 460.
Before the construction of the first monastic establishment in the 8th century, the island was called "monte tombe". According to legend, the Archangel Michael appeared to St. Aubert, bishop of Avranches, in 708 and instructed him to build a church on the rocky islet. Aubert repeatedly ignored the angel's instruction, until Michael burned a hole in the bishop's skull with his finger....
The mount gained strategic significance in 933 when William "Long Sword", William I, Duke of Normandy, annexed the Cotentin Peninsula, definitively placing the mount in Normandy. It is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry which commemorates the 1066 Norman conquest of England. Harold, Earl of Wessex is pictured on the tapestry rescuing two Norman knights from the quicksand in the tidal flats during a battle with Conan II, Duke of Brittany. Norman Ducal patronage financed the spectacular Norman architecture of the abbey in subsequent centuries.
In 1067, the monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel gave its support to duke William of Normandy in his claim to the throne of England. It was rewarded with properties and grounds on the English side of the Channe...
During the Hundred Years' War, the English made repeated assaults on the island, but were unable to seize it due to the abbey's improved fortifications. Les Michelettes – two wrought-iron bombards left by the English in their failed 1423–24 siege of Mont-Saint-Michel – are still displayed near the outer defense wall...."
Mont Saint-Michel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sorry about the long quote but I find its history fantastic and part of the site magic.
These two photos give a better overall image of the place but a good image is an aerial one. If you don't know the place I suggest you have a look at those aerial photos on Google images
The last one it is not mine, In took it from Wikipedia and will give you an idea.
Last edited by PCP; 12-11-2012 at 10:00 AM.