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The standing stones of Carnac

Brittany's answer to Stonehenge

Carnac is situated within the morbihan region of southern Brittany and apart from its wonderful beaches, the main beach of which was voted one of the top twenty in France, holds a hidden gem, the Carnac stones.

Its the site of the largest collection of Neolithic stones arranged in alignment in the world, with some 3000 plus stones placed on site between 2000 BC and as far back as 4500 BC.

The stones range in size from 0.6 meters in height up to the 'GĂ©ant du Manio' a stone standing at 6.5 meters.

No one knows exactly why the stones were placed there, local legend is that a Roman legion was turned to stone by the sorceror Merlin and a similar Christian legend is that they were pagan soldiers in pursuit of Pope Cornelius who again turned them to stone.

Other explanations of the alignments is that there is a connection between the summer solstices and sunsets or that of astronomical observations.

Apart from the stones being laid in alignment there are several burial tombs ( dolmens) still standing, stone chambers that were covered in soil that are now exposed after excavation, no human remains were ever discovered but the soil around Carnac is very acid and it is belived the acidity would be the reason no remains were ever found.

What ever the reason these stones are amazing to see and are Brittany's answer to Stonehenge.

If your ever in the Morbihan region of Brittany for a holiday a trip to Carnac is highly recommended.

Other places of interest is the Quiberon Peninsula just along the coast from Carnac with its rugged coast line that's favored by windsurfers and Kite surfers.

Posted by r11hno 08:30 Archived in France Tagged stones standing stonehenge brittany carnac southern stones. morbihan Comments (0)

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