The rocky tidal island is oocupied by an abbey which was one of the first sites to obtain UNESCO World Heritage listing.
The worship of Saint Michel was introduced on the Mount in 708, and it became one of the most important places of medieval pilgrimage. Benedictines started building an abbey here in the 10th century.
At the foot of the abbey stands the village with its fortified enclosure - built on sand! The abbey is built around the granite apex of the Mount. In addition to the Romanesque crypts and nave there is a Flamboyant Gothic choir. The ‘Wonder' (13th century) is a masterpiece of monastic architecture with two sets of buildings on three levels of the slope.