Mont Saint-Michel looks like a fairytale castle, but it’s actually a French monastery. The Gothic-style abbey dates all the way back to the 8th century CE, and sits on a tiny tidal island in the bay where Normandy and Brittany merge. The attraction was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, and today, it’s visited by more than 3 million people each year. Great Big Story’s video above provides a virtual tour of the famous site, along with an overview of its storied history.

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