Drone footage shows Mont-Saint-Michel during year's highest tide

STORY: The site exceptionally remained open to the public on Saturday night to allow visitors to enjoy the view from the iconic abbey.

The abbey was founded in 966, built on a sanctuary dedicated to the Archangel Michel, but it was in the 13th century that work began on the Gothic centre-piece of its architecture, with towering walls and soaring pinnacles.

Tourists began flocking to the abbey and the village that arose in the shadows of its walls in the 1980s after it was designated a World Heritage Site.

The site was the most visited of France's national monuments in 2021, despite a four-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.