National Geographic : 1977 Jun
_X -he XPRE'SSIVELN named la \lerveille, the Gothic monastery al ;'hint Saint Michel, hllill hetlreeil 1203 and 122tS, stands as a sltnlhol of' medieval 111(111'S 3 ' architectural genii's. Hundreds Of pilgrims seeking; the blessints OJ'St. Michael fil/ the p (-hambers with (activity, (is seen in this cufaivay. 447 In the first-floor afros A F.,. half, left, the poor receive charity from the monks, while laborers hoist supplies into an adjacent storeroom. Ott the second floor, visitors end their fasts in the racef of guests' half. . 't'ext door in the scriptorium, Benedictines prepare books for their extensile library. The monks dine in the top floor refectory, lrhilc the arched cloister mealts those who wish quiet meditation. N.PNAI ',i' PA' , _ AidIISI - ' °#".r n... w b.