Download a larger image of Mont St. Michel in Normandy, France. Share the photo with your class and then discuss the following:

  • What are the challenges and benefits of living on an island? If you were building a town on a small island, what would you include? What would you avoid?
  • Imagine that you are a medieval pilgrim, having walked for miles to visit the church at the top of the island. It was believed to have been built by the direction of the Archangel Michael in 708 C.E. The pilgrims had to wait for low tide to walk across to the island. What impact would this have on you and your faith?
  • Compare the location where Machu Picchu was built, high in the Andes in Peru with Mont St. Michelle’s location.