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For centuries now, Mont-Saint-Michel has stood in the middle of a vast bay off the French coast of Normandy swept by the highest tides in Europe. It has become a symbol of resistance to the test of time. With a yearly turnout of over 2.5 million tourists, and 1.2 visitors at the Abbey itself, the Mont-Saint-Michel is today the third most visited French cultural site after Palace of Versailles and the Eiffel Tower. Together with its bay, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. From the granite rock where the Romanesque-style Benedictine abbey was first erected to the Gothic “Merveille” and spire dedicated to Archangel Michael, down to its recent overhaul to regain its island quality, 1,300 years of architectural feats and daring challenges are recalled in Denis Sneg's film. In order to tell the building epic of the so-called “Wonder of the Western World”, the director has shot spectacular footage of the Mont and of Normandy, interviewed French and British historians, scientists and architects, and included new 3D recreations of the monument through the centuries. The film thus offers a visual journey through the history and mysteries of Mont-Saint-Michel. How did the builders conceive, save and turn that national treasure into a timeless fortress? Sitting on top of a very difficult natural site, how could the monument withstand weather disasters, English invasion attempts during the Hundred Years' War, demolition plans (when it turned state prison under the Revolution and Empire), and eventually the overwhelming rise of mass tourism? Finally, what are the legends of the place and where do they meet historical evidence?
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