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3 times stage town – 8,600 inhabitants (Avranchinais) Its name comes from the Celtic people, the Abricantes, a Latin translation meaning Estuary warriors but the history of Avranches is closely linked to that of Mont-Saint-Michel.
According to legend, in 708, Bishop Aubert received orders from the Archangel Michael to build a church on the ‘Monte Tombe’ in his glory.
When the Bishop repeatedly failed to do so, the Archangel pierced a hole in the Bishop’s skull with his finger and the Bishop then understood that he had not been dreaming.
Aubert’s skull is kept at the Saint-Gervais church.
Another historic link: the Scriptorial, a museum where you can admire more than 200 manuscripts written in the 9th century by the monks of the Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey.
But to discover Avranches is also to walk through its town centre streets and climb up to the Jardin des Plantes where you get a wonderful view over the convent and the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel.
Then you can turn another page in history with a visit to the Patton Memorial.
The American General George Patton led the famous ‘Avranches Breakthrough’ that freed the town during the Second World War.
1 time stage town– 45 inhabitants (Montois) ‘Wonder of the West’ both due to the orginality of its situation and by the beauty of its architecture, Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the main buildings of
interest in France.
This rocky granite island roughly 1km in circumference rises to 80m high.
Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site along with the bay that surrounds it, more than 3 million people visit it each year and it is the most visited place in Normandy and the second in France after the Île-de-France.
The Abbey, a veritable masterpiece of medieval architecture took five centuries to complete.
There are also its ramparts and its main street where the tradition of the shopkeepers from the Middle Ages continues.
In the 21st century, Mont-Saint-Michel also finds itself at the heart of a vast programme to protect its maritime character.
This will allow in time the impressive spectacle of the water flowing, twice a month.
The bay is in effect the biggest tidal theatre in Continental Europe, with up to 15 metres difference between low and high tide.