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Photographer's Note

Mont-Saint-Michel and the Eiffel Tower are probably the two most photographed places in France, so Ive tried to provide a less traditional view of both with my TrekEarth pictures. Here I have attempted to give a sense of height.

A brief history of Mont Saint-Michel: it first became a Monastic settlement in the 8th century. It gained strategic significance in 933 when William Long Sword, Duke of Normandy, annexed the Cotentin Peninsula. It appears in the Bayeux Tapestry. It underwent several sieges by the English during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453), but the English failed to capture it due to its strong fortifications. The above picture is a pretty clear indicator of the difficulties the English must have faced.

By the time of the French Revolution (1789) the importance of the Abbey had largely declined, and it was turned into a prison. However, after a campaign in favour of what had become one of Frances greatest cultural, architectural and historic treasures, the prison was closed in 1863, and the Mount was declared a historic monument in 1874.

Make sure you get there early, as it is invariably packed with tourists.

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  • Copyright: Matt Harris (matt_harris_42) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 33 W: 5 N: 48] (151)
  • Genre: 地方
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2006-10-23
  • Categories: 城堡建築
  • Photo Version:Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-07-06 10:35
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