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Often besieged but never taken
In the Middle Ages, Mont-Saint-Michel became the centre of one of the largest pilgrimages in Europe. But this strategically located site attracted a lot of attention. During the Hundred Years’ War, the English laid siege to the Mont-Saint-Michel. In 1434, the Tower of Liberty fell into their hands, but they were repelled by the knights and men-at-arms defending the ramparts. It was the only stronghold in Normandy that escaped them. During the Second World War, the Mont became a popular tourist attraction for German officers and soldiers, who would even pay for their entrance ticket.
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