Unavoidable destination of your religious travel in France, The Mont Saint Michel is a charming village with stone houses and narrow streets, built on a rock off the coast of Normandy, surrounded by one of the world's largest bays. The village and the bay are listed in UNESCO's World Heritage sites.
In the year 709, after the first apparitions of the Archangel Saint Michael, a first chapel is built on the mount "Tombe" and dedicated to the Archangel Michael. Nearly 300 years later the Benedictine monks established their community. They reorganized the existing buildings so as to make it into a monastery and to welcome pilgrims. The pilgrimage to Mont Saint Michel then becomes one of the most famous in the Christian world. Transformed into a prison at the French Revolution, the abbey was then restored and listed as a Historic Monument, before a religious community is again established.
Today it is the Monastic Fraternity of Jerusalem that lives here. A renewal community that has as vocation to be an oasis of prayer in the heart of towns, it is perfectly adapted to the crowd of visitors of the Mont Saint Michel. Their liturgy is sung in two parts (men and women) and goes perfectly with the beauty of the church. Among the pilgrims who come today are those who wish to follow in the footsteps of those of the Middle Ages by crossing the bay on foot.
For your Catholic pilgrimage to France, come to Le Mont-Saint-Michel !