ime has been
kind to Mont-Saint-Michel.
More than 1,000
years ago, monks began building a monumental abbey atop
the tidal island 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) off the coast
of Normandy, France. But
although the abbey is well
preserved, the UNESCO World Heritage site ceased to be an island in 1879,
when a causeway to the mainland was built. It was paved in the 20th century,
when tourists began flocking to the site.
Thanks to a 20-year US$300 million restoration project concluding this year,
Mont-Saint-Michel’s original maritime character is back.