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France's famous monument, Mont-Saint-Michel is cut off from the world

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Mont-Saint-Michel surrounded by the sea during high tide
Mont-Saint-Michel surrounded by the sea during high tide   -   Copyright  DAMIEN MEYER/AFP or licensors
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In the space of a few hours, France's famous tourist monument, Mont-Saint-Michel temporarily became an island amid high tides.

The rare phenomenon happens when the water surrounding the UNESCO World Heritage Site rises as fast as it recedes.

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A road partially covered with water from where people look at Mont-Saint-Michel, in Normandy, northwestern France, surrounded by the sea during high tide.DAMIEN MEYER/AFP or licensors

Located off the Normandy coast, the mount, topped by its world-renowned Benedictine abbey traditionally welcomes up to two million visitors a year.

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Aerial picture of Mont-Saint-Michel surrounded by the sea during high tideDAMIEN MEYER/AFP or licensors
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Aerial picture of Mont-Saint-Michel surrounded by the sea during high tideDAMIEN MEYER/AFP or licensors

But on this occasion, tourists could only view it from a partially submerged road.