The view from the abbey atop Mont Saint-Michel is breath-taking.
Mont Saint-Michel is a small island just off the coast of Normandy. It has been a monastic establishment since the 8th century. The great abbey and church at the peak were constructed in the 11th and 12th centuries. The tides around the island can vary as much as 45 feet (14 meters) with the result that it is an island at high tide and is surrounded by salt flats at low tide. It is reached by a natural land bridge which was fortified into a true causeway in 1889.