Mont Saint-Michel Island, France Wallpaper shows an island commune located on the northwestern coast in Normandy, France. The abbey’s first use was as a monastery. Due to its unique defensive position it functioned as a great fortress during the Hundred Years’ War. The incoming tide stranded or drowned the invaders. During the eleventh century it was used as a jail. The prison was finally closed in 1863. Mount Saint Michel was declared an historic monument in 1874. It became a World Heritage Site in 1979. Now, the commune’s primary source of income is tourism. Mont Saint-Michel Island is one of the most amazing examples of mediaeval religious and military architecture.
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