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Mont Saint-Michel becomes an island once more

By 18:06:00

This week, a phenomenon which hasn't occurred since 1879 made Mont Saint-Michel an island once again.

The small commune in Normandy, with a population of 44 (!), is a stunning physical metaphor of the feudal ages: The monastery and abbey giving the commune its name were built at the top; below them, the great halls, and at the very bottom, houses for fishermen and farmers. Its low tide usually makes it easy to access from land, but this week, the channel was entirely flooded for about twenty minutes, cutting the commune off completely.

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