Le Mont-Saint-Michel is a French commune located in the department of Manche Basse-Normandie region which takes its name from a rocky island dedicated to St. Michael where now stands the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel.
The architecture of Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay are the busiest of Normandy and the third of France attraction (after the Île-de-France) with more than 3 million visitors each year (3250 000 in 2006). A statue of St. Michael placed at the top of the abbey church rises 170 meters above the shore. Major element, the abbey and its dependencies are classified as historic monuments by the list of 1862 (60 other buildings being protected thereafter), the municipality and the bay listed since 1979 on the World Heritage List of UNESCO .
In 2011, the municipality had 43 inhabitants, called Mons.