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Mont-Saint-Michel Rocky isle in the Bay of Saint-Michel, 1.6km (1mi) off the coast of Normandy, nw France. It is the site of a Benedictine abbey built in 708. Ramparts, towers and bastions circle the base of the island and rise to support the Romanesque and Gothic abbey church. An island at high tide, a causeway first linked it to the mainland in 1875.