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December 16, 2010

Mont Saint-Michel


The Mont Saint-Michel castle was built by William de Volpiano, an Italian architect. Mont Saint-Michel actually began as a monastery rather than a defensive structure like most other castles. The fortified commune experienced a history of tides due to its unique island location. Accumulated silt has reduced Mont Saint-Michel's island position but recent constructions of a hydraulic dam are returning Mont Saint-Michel to an island.

An elevated light bridge is being built as the natural land bridge is unreliable due to the changing tides. Located in Normandy, France, this Romanesque architecture attracts an astounding 4 million visitors each year.


Images via Wikimedia.

Images via Fotosmilitares

The street view may remind some of the magical school of Hogwarts. The night captures of the entire Mont Saint-Michel on the other hand just displays enchanting beauty.

6 comments:

Mr Bouchard said...

Damn, this looks amazing! Wish they would do similar stuff on other small islands like this!

Suciô Sanchez said...

It has a twin in Cornwall across the Channel - St Michael's Mount.

Das Auto! said...

I would like to visit this place, looks like it would be an awesome day trip

Major.Mack said...

Amazing is the perfect descriptive word.

Devon Davidson said...

I'd love to own one of these places. It's like your own fortress and who as a kid didn't want a fortress of their own?

MRanthrope said...

I'm putting that on my "go to" list.

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