Monument millénaire

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Mont-Saint-Michel Its history started in 708, when Bishop Aubert had a first church built in honor of the archangel Saint Michael. From the 10th century, the Benedictines built an abbey there. The Mont quickly became a major pilgrimage site for Western Christians. It was also one of the centers of medieval culture, where a large number of manuscripts were produced, conserved and studied. The abbey church and its Romanesque nave, the monastery, known as the La Merveille, a masterpiece of Norman Gothic architecture built in the 13th century, and the 14th-century wall flanked by defensive towers to withstand the English during the Hundred Years’ War are all remarkable architectural monuments that make this one of France’s most iconic sites. Listed as a historic monument in 1874, in 1979 Mont-Saint-Michel was one of France’s first cultural possessions to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage sitea dual recognition that confirms its exceptional universal value.

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