Le Mont Saint Michel Historic Tidal Island Normandy - Landscape Pictures, Images & Photos - { 38 images } Created 12 Oct 2011

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Pictures images & photos of of Le Mont-Saint-Michel Unesco World Heritage Site France.. Perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany is located a tidal island on which is built a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel Saint Michel. and a village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls. In 1067 the monastery of Mont Saint-Michel gave its support to William the Conqueror in his claim to the throne of England. This he rewarded with properties and grounds on the English side of the Channel, including a small island off the southwestern coast of Cornwall which was modelled after the Mount and became a Norman priory named St Michael's Mount of Penzance. During the Hundred Years' War, the Kingdom of England made repeated assaults on the island but was unable to seize it due to the abbey's improved fortifications. The English initially besieged the Mont in 1423–24, and then again in 1433–34 with English forces under the command of Thomas de Scales, 7th Baron Scales. Two wrought-iron bombards that Scales abandoned when he gave up his siege are still on site. They are known as les Michelettes. Mont Saint-Michel's resolute resistance inspired the French, especially Joan of Arc.

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Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont-Saint-Michel
UNESCO World Heritage https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/80
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