Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel

Just when I was beginning to think the west coast of France was mind-numbingly dull (which it is, to be honest) it serves up Mont Saint-Michel, a tiny medieval island off the coast of Normandy.

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From the outside, it’s like something out of Game of Thrones. On the inside, it’s like something out of Harry Potter. It was founded by an Irish hermit in the 8th century, and over the following thousand years was added-onto and extended to what we see today.

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It was pretty much impregnable, seeing off a full-on English invasion in 1433 with only a minimal guard. It was so robust in fact, that Louis XI used it as a high security prison, which it remained until Napoleonic times.

It reminds me a lot of in a way, with steep winding alleys and perfectly preserved sense of medieval life, despite all the tat shops.

Photograph of Monaco

These pictures were taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the extraordinary Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM .

Alex Nichol

About the photographer

Alex Nichol is an amateur photographer based in the UK dabbling with landscape, travel and documentary in medium format, 35mm film and digital.