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One of the biggest bottlenecks on the mount usually with police controlling the crowds. The small entrance serves the same purpose today as it was built for, to prevent an overwhelming rush of visitors (friends or foe).
In that regard it is ideal but an...More
This is not only an entrance. It is a spectacular construction, combining defence system like the iron grids with the drawbridge ahead of it. So you get a good view of how the castle could be defended.
The King’s Gate, built in 1435, has a drawbridge over a ditch. This was the most defendable gate of the Abbey. Close to the entry way is a “guard tower” for those in charge of operating the gate and for the guards. Once past the...More
Quite impressive entrance as you walk onto the Mont. If you come very early in the morning (we did to see the sun & tide rise) you can have this entrance all to yourself :). We left the Mont after 9, came back later and...More
Not sure why this has it's own entry. It's really just part of the Mont-Saint-Michel visit. You'll pass it on the way up to the abbey. Definitely worth taking a few minutes to examine it on the way, but not really an attraction of its...More
THis is the main entryway into the Mont and everyone passes through the arch. Nice to see the gate has been maintained and you can see the original fortifications. Sadly it is flanked by restuarants that encourages pinch point as people wait for tables and...More