The Castle

The Castle

The Castle

The Castle

The breathtaking views of the craggy peak of St Michael's Mount with it's Tudor fortress and 14th century priory church perched at the summit, draw you from the beach at Marazion. Cross the causeway on foot at low tide, or take the ferry if the sea is up, then climb the slopes through banks of subtropical trees and exotic flowering plants, warmed by the close proximity of the sea and sheltered in their landward-faced position, up to the castle with it's armoury, museum and superbly elegant Blue Drawing Room.

The first church on the Mount was built after the Archangel Michael miraculously appeared there in AD 495. Shortly after the Norman invasion of Britain the island was granted to the abbey of Mont St Michel in France - the two sites are remarkably alike. The monks built a Benedictine Abbey on the peak. Later Henry VIII made it a coastal fortress, and in the mid 17th century the St Aubin family converted the whole place into a fabulous extravaganza of a dwelling.

Taken - 13/05/2011
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St Michael's Mount, Marazion, Cornwall
Photographer:
Stephen Dutch