The Mont Saint-Michel is a French commune situated on an island in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometer off the country’s northern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and is 100 hectares in size. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The commune is the site of the famous Gothic-style Mont Saint-Michel Abbey, and is visited by more than 3 million people each year. The island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Europe. Mont Saint-Michel is a popular tourist destination and many visitors come to explore its historical architecture, take in its stunning views, and enjoy the local cuisine.