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A girl plays in the columns of the Gothic style cloister of Mont St. Michel, on the coastal flats of Normandy, France. Built after a fire set by the Breton Guy de Thouars in 1204, the cloister was granted a place on the tidal island used for centuries as a political and military stronghold as well as for religious observance. Photo by Danielle Voirin.

March 4, 2008