Picture Id: 451522
An aerial view of Mont-Saint-Michel, an island composed of granite joined to th e mainland by a causeway. The place owes its existence to the 9th-century Bish op Saint Aubert, who had a vision that Saint Michael ordered him to build an or atory there. Religious orders occupied the monastery until 1790, when it became a state pris on and remained so until 1863. After 1874, the island was taken over by the Co mmission des Monuments Historiques, and restoration of its various components, such as t he Abbot's Lodge and the Cloisters, began. The architecture found on the island i s chiefly Romanesque.
MONT-ST.-MICHEL, MANCHE, NORMANDY, FRANCE.
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