Photographer's Note

Le Mont-Saint-Michel

This shot was mounted with 21 vertical photographs in 3 strip.
- 50mm
- F/11
- 1/125 sec
- ISO100

In Workshop another view, mounted with 6 vertical photographs in 2 strip.

Information from Mont-St-Michel web portal:

One night in October 708, the Archangel Saint Michael appeared to Aubert, the Bishop of Avranche, ordering him to build a sanctuary on Mount Tombe, an island of granite standing in the middle of the bay.

From the Xth Century, the Dukes of Normandy began constructing a new Church and in 966 the Benedictine Order was established on the Mont Saint Michel.

Under their supervision, the Romanesque Abbey was constructed in the XIth Century.: the construction was to take sixty years.

Partially destroyed by fire, it was rebuilt, with the help of the French King, Philippe Augustes, in the XIIIth Century: this construction and those that followed until the end of the XVth Century display a new architectural style, soaring skywards with the help of immense buttresses and wrought stonework: the Gothic style was born.

Mont Saint Michel was then at its apogee and its spiritual and intellectual influence was immense throughout the whole of Christendom.

Kings, princes, dukes, and knights, as well as ordinary men and women, came from all over France and Europe on pilgrimage to Mont Saint Michel, "the marvel of the West".

.After this Golden Age, the monastery fell into decline until finally, during the French Revolution in 1789, the last monks were expelled from the Abbey.

Not until 1969 did a new Benedictine community enter the Abbey, leading once more to a spiritual Rennaissance on the Mont Saint Michel.

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