For those who like to travel, here we submit a not-to-be-missed historical attraction off the coast of France.
In world where modern design and technological advances have led to the construction of some of the most impressive (and unusual) residences, it cannot be forgotten that history has provided us with some unforgettable abodes that will continue to rival their modern descendents long after the foundations begin to crumble. One such monument to oddity is the famous Mont. St. Michel, and eccentric little island just off the coast of Normandy.
The tiny isle lies about 1 km from the coast, and served as the seat of power for the Romano-British empire until it was overrun and captured by the Franks near the end of the 7th century. Perhaps the most notable characteristic of the place is the ancient Benedictine abbey which dominates nearly the entire island. The history of the place is steeped in religious lore. According to folklore, the massive church (and the island itself) is named after the Archangel Michael, who instructed the Bishop of Avranches to build a church on the location, and when repeatedly ignored, burned a hole through the clergyman’s skull with his finger.
One of the most impressive structures associated with the abbey is a set of steps known as the Escalier de Dentelle, which consists of over nine hundred steps and reaches all the way to the roof of the building. Although the abbey (which dates from the 11th century) is no longer the site of religious rites and pilgrimages, it can still boast a colorful history. It has faced numerous battles and political upheavals. During the French Revolution, the abbey was converted to a prison, housing mainly political and clerical opponents to the regime of the time.