Le Mont-Saint-Michel is a tidal island off the coast of Normandy, France, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and spans 7 hectares (13 acres). Construction of the monastery began in the 8th century. In 1067 the monastery gave its support to William the Conqueror in his claim to the throne of England. This he rewarded with properties and grounds on the English side of the Channel, including a small island off the southwestern coast of Cornwall which was modelled after the Mount and became a Norman priory named St Michael's Mount of Penzance.
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