Town in brittany predating stonehenge


25-Jan-2020 17:36

In use since at least 5700 BC, the site long predates Knossos, the Pyramids, Stonehenge and the great Egyptian temples of the same name at Karnak.The megaliths form three distinct major alignments, running roughly in the same northeast–southwest direction, but each with a slightly separate orientation.Visitors can only walk freely around the best-preserved sites in winter.In summer, access is on guided tours – join one if this is your first exposure to the subject, or you may feel as though you’re simply staring at rocks in a field.They have communities of fishers, farmers and artistic types CARNAC Megalithes.Between 50 BC (predating Stonehenge by 100 years), the largest concentration of megalithic sites in the world with 3000 upright stones were erected in southern Brittany.And why – common theories is that they served some sort of sacred purpose – a spiritual impulse like that behind so many monuments built by humans.

Due to erosion, the sites are fenced off and one can freely wander through from October to March when no admission is charged. 1km north of Carnac-Ville, 1900 stones are erected vertically and often aligned in long rows. About 1.5kms away are these almost equally impressive field of stone with an observation tower. In this small town 13km south of Auray and on the Golfe de Morbihan, are some giant menhirs.

Another has geometric carvings seen with proper light.

There is also an enormous tumulus (grave site) 20m across covering several graves.

Every town had two names, one in French and one in Breton and there were so many, using a map and compass was impossible.

But I finally made it just at sundown and some views of the pink, salmon and russet-coloured granite shore. On the north Brittany coast, this fortress town is full of mansions built into cliffs, beaches and coastal walks.These are the Alignements de Menec, “the place of stones” or “place of remembrance”, with 1169 stones in eleven rows; the Alignements de Kermario, “the place of the dead”, with 1029 stones in ten rows; and the Alignements de Kerlescan, “the place of burning”, with 555 stones in thirteen lines.All three are sited parallel to the sea alongside the Route des Alignements, north of Carnac-Ville.Also sitting near the tip of the peninsula is a large WWII memorial.