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Supertide turns medieval French abbey into island

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, March 23, 2015, 3:33 PM

FRANCE OUTUncredited/AP

Mont Saint-Michel, an 11th century abbey and village along France’s northern coast, is seen as an island Saturday after a high tide completely. submerged the narrow causeway leading to it.

Thousands flocked to catch sight of a stunning supertide in northern France that turned a majestic 11th century abbey into a spectacular medieval island.

The “mascaret” wave, which wondrously bathes Mont Saint-Michel along Normany’s coast every 18 years, submerged the gothic monastery’s thin causeway, creating a nearly instant 42-foot-deep moat in some places Saturday.

Revelers on higher ground eagerly snapped pictures and video of the spring phenomenon while French national police warned them to not be carried away by the action-packed show.

Such was the case in Landes, southwest France, where a fisherman was swept away to his death after losing his footing as the tide started to rise on Saturday, local officials said.

The rushing water’s pace is said to “rise at the pace and of horse’s gallop,” the Associated Press reported.

AN OCT. 20, 2005 PHOTOVINCENT MICHEL/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Mont-Saint-Michel and its gothic abbey is seen perched on a granite islet off the Normandy coast.

The extreme high tide was the result of a “supermoon” effect linked to Friday’s solar eclipse.

Though the “mascaret” is dubbed the “tide of the century,” its last occurrence was on March 10, 1997. The next is expected for March 3, 2033, France 24 reported.

ngolgowski@nydailynews.com


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