A 'floating castle' has been spotted off the French coast in bizarre optical illusion

A 'FLOATING CASTLE' was spotted off the coast of France in a weird optical illusion.

The abbey of Mont Saint Michel in Normandy appeared to be sitting on top of a cloud due to the illusion.


The images were taken by photographer Vincent Favre, 42after the sun set over the low tide.

Vincent, who lives in Drôme, France, said: “It was a bit of luck that led me to this.

“A beautiful downpour had fallen at the end of the afternoon, with the coolness of the evening, it created a beautiful surface mist, and this magnificent atmosphere.

“I love that there is this Castle in the Sky, as in the universe of [Japanese director] Hayao Miyazaki.

“The twilight, with the lights of Mont-Saint-Michel, highlights this building.

“And then there is this mystical dimension of ascension, of this elevation. It’s very spiritual, I’m not really a believer in a particular god, but nature gives us strong messages sometimes.”

Mont Saint Michel is a UNESCO World Heritage site, dating back to the sixth century.

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You can only access it by foot when the tide changes, with it turning into an island during low tide.

In the UK, there is also St Michael's Mount, which is also only accessible during low tide.

Back in 2019, St Michael's Mount was looking for a new gardener to tend to the plants on the island – which would come with living on the Cornish island.

And earlier this year, the castle was looking for a live-in staff member, whose rooms would have 360 sea views.

The castle is also thought to be the inspiration for the castle in the Disney film Tangled, where Rapunzel was born.

Here are some other strange optical illusions, including a floating ship in the UK


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