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The Abbey

The construction of the Abbey at Mont Saint-Michel began in the 10th century, and features some architectural masterpieces, Carolingian, Roman or Gothic in style. The Abbey is divided into two main parts: the abbatial church, established at the summit of the rock, and the Merveille which rises over three levels on one side of the rock.

You can access the Abbey by the “Grand Degré,” a large staircase of around 350 steps, which is closed off by a revolving door halfway up, which was guarded by a watchman in the past. In 1874, Mont Saint-Michel Abbey was designated a “Monument Historique.”

History of the Abbey

Since the Middle Ages, pilgrims from all over the world have come to the Abbey to pay their respects to Saint-Michel. The first Benedictine monks settled on Mont Saint-Michel in 966 and converted some of the dwellings into a monastery.

In 1791, the monks were driven out by the French Revolution, only returning in 1966 to celebrate the monastic millennium. Since 2001, two bodies of monks and nuns from the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem live in Mont Saint-Michel Abbey and deal with the running of the Abbey and daily services.

Visit the Abbey

Tickets can be bought at the entrance to the Abbey.

Prices:

  • Adults over 25: €10, free for 18-25 year olds including EU citizens, €8 for 18-25 year olds from outside the EU (on presentation of a piece of identity), and free for under 18s visiting with family (excludes school groups).
  • Groups of 20 adults or more: €8 per person, plus free entry for 1 guide and 1 driver, on presentation of their “carte de conducteur” (driver identification card).
  • For tours including a talk: €13 for over 25s, €9 for 18 to 25 year olds, and free for under 18s. Groups (2 hours per visit): €180 for groups of up to 15 people, €300 for a group of 16-30 people.

Experience the Abbey at night

On summer evenings, the Abbey is momentarily bathed in music and light. Take a romantic nocturnal trip to the Mount, and have an experience like nothing else.

You will be able to see places normally closed to the public like the Chapel of Notre-Dame-sous-Terre, as well as a light show and mirror effects that transform the building.

The Abbey is open for nocturnal visits from 7 pm till midnight throughout the summer and every day except Sunday.

Schedule of mass

Mass is celebrated with the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem.

  • Mass is performed every day except Monday at midday and Sunday at 11.15 am.
  • Free entry for worshippers.
  • Lauds at 6.50 am in the week (7.50 am on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and in August), vespers at 6.20 pm. No divine office on Sunday afternoon and Mondays.

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