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What is the history of St Michael’s Mount?

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St. Michael’s Mount is a tidal island located in Mount’s Bay in Cornwall, England. The island has a rich history dating back to the 5th century when it was a site of religious significance for both the Celtic and Christian communities.

In the early medieval period, the island was occupied by monks who built a monastery on its summit. The monastery was dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, and it became an important center of pilgrimage for Christians.

During the 12th century, the island was seized by the Norman conquerors who built a castle on the summit. The castle was expanded and fortified over the centuries, and it played a crucial role in defending Cornwall against French and Spanish invasions.

In the 16th century, the island was acquired by the St Aubyn family, who still owns it to this day. The family converted the monastery into a residence, and they made significant additions and renovations to the castle.

During World War II, St. Michael’s Mount was used as a base for coastal defenses, and a number of anti-aircraft guns were installed on the island.

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