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Tour Gabriel

on Le Mont Saint Michel


Tour Gabriel


In 1524 Gabriel de puy, a French military engineer built the Tour Gabriel to finish the Enceinte des Fanils, the walls built to protect the storerooms of the Abbey.


The ramparts were planned with an eye to the latest developments in the field of artillery, which made it possible to shoot in all directions in the least possible amount of time. In the 18th century, when the military vocation of Mont Saint Michel had been superceded, a windmill was set up on the top of the tower.


Then, in the 19th century a lighthouse was added to act as a beacon for navigation of the Couresnon.