Perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast
sandbanks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany stand
the 'Wonder of the West', a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to
the archangel St Michael, and the village that grew up in the shadow of
its great walls. Built between the 11th and 16th centuries, the abbey is
a technical and artistic tour de force, having had to adapt to the problems posed by this unique natural site.