Carnac, Mystery

The Carnac alignments, the largest collection of megalithic standing stones in the world,  were erected between the fifth and third millenia BC by Neolithic people.  They consist of more than 3,000 prehistoric stones which were cut from local rock.    They are arranged in long standing rows cut from prehistoric local stone.  Eleven converging rows of menhirs (standing stones) stretching for 1,165 by 100 metres (3,822 by 328 ft). There is what may be the remains of stone circles at either end. According to the tourist office there is a “cromlech containing 71 stone blocks” at the western end and a very ruined cromlech at the eastern end. The largest stones, around 4 metres (13 ft) high, are at the wider, western end; the stones then become as small as 0.6m high along the length of the alignment before growing in height again toward the extreme eastern end.

Within this area, and throughout Brittany, are also dolmens, a type of single-chamber megalithic tomb,  consisting of three or more upright stones (megaliths) supporting a large flat horizontal capstone (table).  Additionally, there are also large burial mounds.

I was amazed to learn of these structures when I was planning this trip and am in awe at the number and frequency they can be found in this area.  There are many sites and really fascinating.  See our movie…

 

One thought on “Carnac, Mystery”

  1. I’ve never heard of this place. How intriguing!
    I’m absolutely blown away by your movies and blog. Move over Rick Steves!

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