Featured, Postcard Perfect — By Rachel Greenberg on March 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

The tidal island in Normandy, France where Mont Saint-Michel now stands had been used since the 6th century as a military fort, before becoming the home of the Saint-Michel monastery in the 8th century. But it wasn’t untilĀ  the 11th century that the iconic Romanesque abbey was built on the island, creating an iconic and hauntingly beautiful complex of chapels and crypts at the mouth of the Couesnon River.

Today the abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that draws an astounding 3 million visitors a year.

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