Strategic Medieval Fortress Island and 5 More Interesting Facts About Mont Saint-Michel; Tech e-Blog

France – Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay

Many know Mont-Saint-Michel as an island commune in Normandy, France, located about 0.6-miles off the country’s northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. This destination has not always been a tourist destination, but rather the island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times. Its position – on an island just 600 meters from land – made it accessible at low tide to the many pilgrims to its abbey, but defensible as an incoming tide stranded, drove off, or drowned would-be assailants. Continue reading for more interesting facts about Mont Saint-Michel.

5. Connection to Mainland Has Changed Over the Years

In the past, Mont Saint-Michel was connected by a tidal causeway – a path uncovered only at low tide – but this was converted into a raised (permanently dry) causeway in 1879, which prevented the tide from scouring the silt around the mount.

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