The Mont-Saint-Michel and the Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel, World Heritage marvels…
…are now returning to their true natural setting. From now on, during the spring or at exceptionally high tides, the Mount reverts to being an island for several hours at a time.
The silting up of the Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel had increased over the centuries, accelerated by human activities. Little by little, the shoreline retreated as the land, in particular salt marshes, advanced. A car park was then built at the foot of the Mount’s ramparts, somewhat marring the landscape. It is important to remember that the Mount’s exceptional maritime setting was a major factor for monks in medieval times establishing themselves here to build one of the world’s most extraordinary religious edifices.
Recently, though, international experts were adamant – if nothing was done, the Mont-Saint-Michel would be permanently surrounded by salt marshes by around 2040.