Le Mont Saint-Michel is an island just off the coast of the region of Lower Normandy in northern France (approx. 3 km from the coast). The island is 0.97 km2 (0.37 sq mi) and the population is only 42 (year 2008). Back in 1840-1860 the population was over 1,000.
The buildings and walls are built between the 11th and 16th centuries and are one of France’s most recognizable landmarks.
Le Mont Saint-Michel and the surrounding bay is part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
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Famous Landmark in France
Apart from monuments in and around Paris, Mont Saint-Michel is the most visited tourist attraction in France, more than 3 million people visit the island every year.
Officially, Le Mont Saint-Michel was inscribed as a World Heritage Site back in 1979 and was one of the first monuments to be classed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Baie de Mont Saint Michel is one of the most steeply tidal points in Europe. The difference between tides is impressive 14 meters. This means that twice a day the sea water disappears around Le Mont St-Michel.