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Mont Saint Michel

Location: France

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This spectacular site remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of France, second only to Paris. Construction on Mont St. Michel began in the 8th century, when the archangel St. Michel appeared to the Bishop of Avranches in a dream and instructed him to build a church on the rocky island. The Mont has served as a Benedictine Monastery, a wartime fortress, and a prison. In 1874 it was proclaimed a national monument and since 1879, a 2000 yard causeway has connected the island to the French mainland.

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