Mont Saint-Michel, France (all-free-photos.com)
Mont Saint-Michel is a tidal island 600 metres off the coast of Normandy, France. The size is 0.97 km2 and the island has a population of 44. Since the eighth century AD it has been the seat of the Benedictine Monastery from which it draws its name.
In 1067, the monastery gave its support to William of Normandy in his claim to the throne of England. He rewarded the monks with properties and grounds on the English side of the Channel, including a small island off the south-western coast of Cornwall which was modelled after the Mount and became known as St Michael's Mount.
St Michael's Mount, England. It is about the same height and size as Mont Saint-Michel.
St Michael's Mount (photo by Jason Hawkes)
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