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Le Mont St. Michel

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VSinch
Level 26 : Expert Architect
The abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is famous not only for the beauty of its architecture but for its selling.It was built on a rocky outcrop arising from the bay of the same name.Both the site of a site of convent and a palce of pilgrimage, the abbey is completed with defensive works and the buildings of a small market town. The configuration of the site ment the task of the builders was very difficult and dictated a layout of much complexity to the numerous buildings witch spread out during the Xth to the end of the XIXth centuries.Instead of being able to spread out horizontally the buildings had to be staggered skywards, unusual for an abbey.

In the 11th century, William de Volpiano, the Italian architect who had built the Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy, was chosen by Richard II of Normandy to be the building contractor. He designed the Romanesque church of the abbey, daringly placing the transept crossing at the top of the mount. Many underground crypts and chapels had to be built to compensate for this weight; these formed the basis for the supportive upward structure that can be seen today. Today Mont Saint-Michel is seen as a Romanesque style church.

Robert de Thorigny, a great supporter of Henry II of England (who was also Duke of Normandy), reinforced the structure of the buildings and built the main façade of the church in the 12th century. In 1204, the Breton Guy de Thouars, allied to the King of France, undertook the siege of the Mount. After having set fire to the village and having massacred the population, he was obliged to beat a retreat under the powerful walls of the abbey. Unfortunately, the fire which he himself lit extended to the buildings, and the roofs fell prey to the flames. Horrified by the cruelty and the exactions of his Breton ally, Philip Augustus offered Abbot Jourdain[disambiguation needed] a grant for the construction of a new Gothic-style architectural set which included the addition of the refectory and cloister.

Charles VI is credited with adding major fortifications to the abbey-mount, building towers, successive courtyards, and strengthening the ramparts.

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The project was restarted after 2 years and loosing all saved states i had and everey schematic beacause I was an idiot but I bet you knew that aldready :S Let's see if generation 2 does amy better :P And this time i'm uploading ANY Work In Progress state before I decide to take a brake anyway im off back to work tell me if you want pictures of the Gen 2 project. Piece :P
Progress: 35% Complete
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  • Aragoth2001
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  • June 4, 2014, 2:44 am
Awesome, I love that place
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  • freekm1234
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  • June 27, 2013, 4:01 am
i just went there
i'm excited what your'e hanna make of it :D
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i'm french =)
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  • Aranok123
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  • August 16, 2012, 10:09 am
i went there for my holidays and it looks just like it
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  • aiken
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  • March 20, 2012, 4:24 am
good luck on the project. It looks good so far.
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  • rubyneter1
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  • August 7, 2011, 6:10 am
erm may I ask did you stop? it just was so nice!
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  • VSinch
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  • August 9, 2011, 2:20 am
I had collage entrance exams and after them i simply had too much stuff to do so i didn't had much time to work on it. Sorry!
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  • rubyneter1
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  • August 16, 2011, 1:16 pm
when do you start again if I may ask>
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  • VSinch
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  • August 19, 2011, 7:02 am
i'm going to resume building by the end of September so untill then you'll hAve to wait.
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  • rubyneter1
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  • October 16, 2011, 10:54 pm
dude!!! it is already half october ... I just like your project..... if you really want to stop with it send it to me and I will make it done.
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  • VSinch
  • Level 26
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  • October 31, 2011, 3:29 am
Dude i'm working on the bloody thing.Building this is not an easy thing to do and since i have a max. of 30min. on my pc this is not the most important thing but i create am much as i can so don't rush me.If you want to just create your own model i'm not going to call copyright on you.Mine is a 1:1 model but when i was on tour there i didn't manage to memorize every single room.
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  • rubyneter1
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  • August 11, 2011, 12:02 pm
alright I hope u got time soon for this because I cant wait. and I hope u upload a map or schematics people will love this :)
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  • rubyneter1
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  • July 30, 2011, 10:56 pm
please go ahead I just cant wait till it is done :)
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  • GraphicalMe
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  • June 24, 2011, 7:08 am
Good luck :/
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  • Wooraah
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  • June 23, 2011, 9:58 pm
Nice place to model, good luck.
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  • VSinch
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  • June 24, 2011, 1:04 am
Thanx I'm gona need it :)
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  • Steelroads
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  • June 23, 2011, 2:16 pm
Looks great! I will also be keeping an eye on this :P
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  • EllinMorino
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  • June 23, 2011, 2:12 pm
This looks like it has amazing potential. I'll be keeping an eye on this
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