France (Mont Saint-Michel)

Once a humble little monastery, the island and its fortifications have effectively grown up around this. During the French Revolution, the abbey was used as a prison, and an extensive restoration was required to restore it. A few prison-era showpieces, like the human hamster wheel used to lift supplies in and out of the complex, have been kept. Mass is celebrated daily at 12.15PM, except Mondays.  Notre-Dame Sous Terre Chapel The Carolingian church named Chapelle Notre-Dame-sous-Terre (Our Lady underground) was built around 966 by the first Benedictine monks at the very place of the oratory erected by Saint-Aubert in the early VIIIth century.

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