Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel - PARTHAVA COIN

Surrounded by wide sandbanks or, at high tide, by sea water,
the unique silhouette of Mont-Saint-Michel crowns the secluded
mount off the coast of Normandy. Recognized as a famous
landmark, place of pilgrimage and UNESCO World Heritage Site
since 1979, it is a captivating photo subject and popular visitor
attraction in France. Since the first construction work on the Benedictine
abbey in 966, the complex was continuously expanded
until it was partly destroyed by fire in 1203 after the attempted
conquest of the mount by King Philip II. The latter compensated
the monks by funding the construction of the showpiece of the
monument – the magnificent monastery known as La Merveille
(the Wonder).

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