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Mont Saint Michel

It's spectacular position, perched on a rocky outcrop and surrounded by tidal sea flats, brings many people/pilgrims/tourists to France's third most visited tourist site after the Eifel Tower and The Louvre (Galleries La Fayette are in the running too).

Originally established as a monastery in the 8th Century, this activity declined and the island was converted to a prison from 1800 to 1863 when the island's importance as a national monument started to be recognised. Wikipedia tells us that among the 43 permanent inhabitants in 2006, 5 were monks and 7 nuns.

It is also rumoured that of the three million people that visit Mont Saint Michel each year, only a small proportion actually climb to the top.