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Mont St Michel (#31979)
SIZE: 23" x 33"
MADE BY: Clementoni
DESCRIPTION: The celebrated Benedictine abbey of
Mont-Saint-Michel was founded in 708 by Saint Aubert, bishop of Avranches.
A gigantic group of buildings, rising three stories high, serves, with the
summit of the cone-shaped rock, as a base for the great abbey church. Six
of these structures on the side facing the sea form the unit called La
Merveille [the marvel], constructed from 1203 to 1228. Mont-Saint-Michel
is one of the most imposing achievements of Gothic architecture. Strongly
fortified, the abbey was frequently assaulted by the English in the Hundred
Years War but was never captured. It remains one of the major tourist
attractions of Europe.