St Michael´s Mount and farm land with wheat bales, Manche Department, Basse-Normandie region, Normandy, France, Europe
Mont-Saint-Michel is almost circular (about 3,000 feet [900 metres] in circumference) and consists of a granite outcrop rising sharply 80 metres out of Mont-Saint-Michel Bay Normandy. Most of the time it is surrounded by vast sandbanks and becomes an island only when the tides are very high. Before the construction of the kilometre causeway that connects the island to land, it was particularly difficult to reach because of quicksand and very fast-rising tides. The causeway, however, has become a barrier to the removal of material by the tides, resulting in higher sandbanks between the islet and the coast.
The original site was founded by an Irish hermit, who gathered a following from the local community. Mont-Saint-Michel was used in the sixth and seventh centuries as an Armorican stronghold of Gallo-Roman culture and power until it was ransacked by the Franks, thus ending the trans-channel culture that had stood since the departure of the Romans in 460. From roughly the fifth to the eighth century, Mont Saint-Michel belonged to the territory of Neustria and, in the early ninth century, was an important place in the Marches of Neustria.
I took this photo during my trip to France in July of 2018.