The photos below are what we saw.
distance, the scope of the obstacle presented by attacking MSM
becomes apparent. The lowest walls are high, but the upper
walls are much, much higher.
It was a
beefy walk to MSM from the parking area. The walk takes
you along a causeway that was constructed "recently" (given that
construction started in 750 A. D.
concerned about the chill of the wind, but after we got to the
island, the issue was the heat. We are still more than a
mile away at this point.
closer, the details of the defenses become visible.
low walls are high and would be very difficult to overcome even
with scaling tools.
the walled city we started to see religious artifacts.
past 1,000 years, erosion has taken its toll on MSM's walls and
arches. Extensive restoration efforts have been underway
for years to stabilize the structures.
arriving on a boat after crossing the shallow mud flats with the
intention of scaling the sea facing walls. The defenders
would be shooting at you through the portals and pouring hot oil
on your head. But mostly, they just wait for high tide to
carry you away.
both a church and a monastery with the monks living in
be virtually impossible to scale these walls with the monks
shooting arrows at you from above.
battlements on the top of the turrets are visible in the photo
good medieval structures, the rain gutters have gargoyles.
water spigot was retrofited with a brass faucet to come out the
mouth of a gargoyle
was a museum about mid-way to the upper reaches of MSM.
the intermediate levels had an awesome view of the surrounding
ocean and mud flacts.
angel that sits atop the highest pinnacle on MSM was recently
repaired. It required a special helicopter to perform this
task as climbing up the tower was just too dangerous (the wooden
beams underneath had rotted).
chapel had a very high ceiling.
the statuary was very intricate and impressive.
stained glass was impressive because of its scope, but less so
because of color.
detailed stone work in the interior arches were impressive.
The date of the organ was not given, but I have to assume that it is a recent addition (recent = last 200 years).
the stone carvings in the chapels were well preserved.
carving was very detailed and protected by glass.
one of the very few that had color.
half way up MSM, the upper tower loomed over us like the hand of
section of MSM represented a later style of architecture as
evidenced by the narrow columns.
even higher level, we encountered yet another chapel with
stained glass was interesting for scale, less so for detail or
still nowhere near the top of the structure.
a human powered winch. A person gets inside the wheel and
starts walking like a hamster in a wheel. The wheel turns
and wraps the rope around the axle.
is hooked to a chain and the chain is used to hoist up a sled
scope of the wheel is more apparent in this shot.
at the bottom of the sled roll thus allowing for an easier
hoisting task. Around the French Revolution, MSM was
turned into a political prison and the sled was used to hoist
supplies to the prisoners.
of this statue has broken off.
another chapel with excellent examples of the intricate stone
carving techniques that typified the era.
statue was cleaned and restored. This is a replica of the
statue on the top of the spire.
down about half way on the north side of the island onto a
terrace. The height of the walls, more correctly half the
walls, can be judged from the people in the photo.
terrace, we spotted a cannon with 1264 stamped into the breech.
upper spire at MSM.
exit from MSM we spotted this monster cannon with a bore of
parting shot of the angel on the top of MSM taken from the sun
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