Mont-Saint-Michel

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Mont Saint-Michel, a 'town' built over the centuries on sheer rock

The approach to the mount

Loudspeakers are warning people of the rapidly approaching tide - soon this whole low-lying chunk of land will be under water

Apparently this was the inspiration for the design of Minas Tirith in the Lord Of The Rings movies

Late evening by Mont Saint-Michel

Fields, endless fields

Contrary to the popular belief that the tide is a slow-moving thing, it took the sea 60(!) seconds to reclaim a 3-metre wide strip of this sloping pavement

Construction was started in the 8th century and lasted for hundreds of years

Bird circling the cathedral

Mont Saint-Michel is a tidal island - only the man-made causeway separates it from the continent at high tide

The site became the target of religious pilgrims, many of them dying during the last mile of their journey in the quicksands surrounding the island

Evening


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