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    stones, megalithes ,this is it

    by gwened Updated Jun 9, 2013

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    megalithes are huge stones that show up here and nobody exact knows how they got here,by whom , etc UNESCO has it under consideration for world heritage site.

    There is a Maison des megalithes on site with plenty of information,tours, souvenirs, etc. Just across the field of Ménec,and Toul-Chignan, there is further of Kermario, and then Manio and then those of Kerlescan.

    http://www.ot-carnac.fr/fiche/les-alignements/les-alignements-de-carnac/4000c136-c40d-43f3-a0b9-50216484c50b

    Very popular with the crowds to time your visits in the mornings or late afternoon on your way out of the beaches.

    The alignments as they are call, those of kermario and Manio are the best known and most frequency of visits. It is here that we find the biggest menhirs or stones, it has 10 lines representing 982 menhirs.
    The ones at Ménec are 1165 meters long by 100 meters wide including 1099 stones divided into 11 lines. The highest stone is 4 meters.
    Those at Kermario, are 1200 meters long by 100 meters wide, with 1029 stones on 10 lines. the best looking stones are found here. Near the lake of Kerloquet you find a stone of 3 meters high,here you have small stones in a circle call the Quadrilatére du Manio, with a giant stone in the middle call the Géant du Manio of more than 6 meters high! and the highest of the region.
    Further, the stones of Kerlescan, the smallest but best preserve, has 555 stones in 13 lines, at the extrem west of the alignment you find a cromlech(stone circle) of 39 stones.

    On the route to Carnac from my town of Auray you go by the D768 that passes by another menhir dolmens of Mané-Kerioned ,there are three dolmens en line surrounded by smaller menhirs.Dating from more than 3500 years!. The site is well marked and coming to Carnac is on your right hand side.
    Others are the tumulus of Saint Michel, 12meters high and 125 meters long with 60 meters wide, with a chapel on top dedicated to Saint MIchel, a calvary of the 16C, with an orientation lookout to the bay and peninsula or presqu'île de Quiberon, Belle-île-ne-Mer, presqu'île de Rhuys etc. the interior is now closed.
    The cairn de Kercado, on private property but open to the public , has one of the rare dolmens of Brittany, has a diameter of 30 meters an a height of 5 meters, sitting on top a small stone or menhir.
    The tumulus du Moustoir or call also Er Mané is a big tumulus with 85 meters long, 35 meters wide, and 5 meters high, with a dolmen on the west, and two tombs on the east.

    The leyend is that Saint Cornély was chased by pagan soldiers, two cows that accompany him carrying his luggages, one evening, the was surrounded in a close circle near the ocean, and a battle follows. Leyend continues that he hides behind the ear of a cow and transform his enemies into stones. Maybe that is the origin of the alignment of stones of Carnac! Saint Cornély is the patron saint of animals with horns.

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    Grande Plage

    by gwened Written Aug 23, 2012

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    this is the big beach or grande plage. It is the lively happening center of life in Carnac, just up to ave miln into city center carnac plage.

    You have nice calm water, big spaces for sports playing, kids activities centers, lifeguard, and restos just across the street as well as hotels.

    You need to come here first and see Carnac, especially if younger come at night on sundown.

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    The beaches and bunker of Carnac plage

    by gwened Written Aug 16, 2012

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    Now we go to the beach of St Colomban, this is the best for surfing and kite paddle etc. But it has a wonderful white sandy beach, and lots of families. Even a kids playground on site with a learning pool for the kiddies

    It,also, has an old WWII bunker still visible and in good condition overlooking the beach and bay. You can walk all around it and see magnificent views of the harbor and other beaches around Carnac.

    See the Le Men Dù beach that on low tides you can walk across to a small ilot island in the middle of the bay!!!

    And of course ,stones, even on the beach ,you have the reefs rocks showing up all the way to the sandy beach for up close play and a unique environment.

    Really paradise for all.

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    the beaches of Carnac ,part III

    by gwened Written Aug 11, 2012
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    more on beaches its a way of life here from family, surfers,and visitors, its a full time activity, just 20 kms or 10 miles from my house.

    There is the Grand Plage, here its just a big semi circle of wooded secluded beaches great for surfing and families. Open from first weekend in July to last weekend of August included. Every day from 13h- 19h there is lifeguard on duty. You have dressing,showers and WC available.

    Plage St Colomban, further west into La Trinité sur Mer, and the best place for surfing ,and belly planchers.

    Plages de Beaumer and Men Dù, these are in the small ilots of île de Stuhan and link by a arrow sunk in the water at high sea ,where we can discover a natural alley at sea.

    The beaches of Légénes and Ty Bihan are my favorites, there are west of the Yacht Club, small beaches in comparison but very nice indeed.

    In between all there is Port du Pô, a nice harbor where you can attained the beaches and have some good food looking at the sea.

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    the beach for children

    by gwened Updated Aug 11, 2012
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    great children's beach, with many activities all certified instructors by govt courses, all faciities including covered inflatable pool to teach little ones how to swim. Games and contests galore. Designated areas where you can leave your kids in good care.

    A great way to have a day at the beach, in a beautiful area , highly recommended for families.

    you can do so near the beach up ty bihan beach to luna park
    http://www.lunapark-carnac.fr/

    Club des Marsouins for the little ones, and the goelands or pelicans for the a bit more.
    and then the club of dolphins for those learnings first steps in the water
    http://www.club-des-dauphins.fr/

    and the mickey mouse associated clubs also in Carnac ty bihan
    http://www.clubdeplagepleinair.com/

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    The beaches of Carnac ,part II

    by gwened Written Aug 11, 2012
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    the beaches are wonderful from pebbles and sand, to white sandy beaches, from family calm to surfers paradise. the main event and wonderful, I live about 20 kms or 10 miles from Carnac ! You should find out the beaches, with the best seafood in Brittany,and friendly folks all around.

    There is the Grand Plage, here its just a big semi circle of wooded secluded beaches great for surfing and families. Open from first weekend in July to last weekend of August included. Every day from 13h- 19h there is lifeguard on duty. You have dressing,showers and WC available.

    Plage St Colomban, further west into La Trinité sur Mer, and the best place for surfing ,and belly planchers.

    Plages de Beaumer and Men Dù, these are in the small ilots of île de Stuhan and link by a arrow sunk in the water at high sea ,where we can discover a natural alley at sea.

    The beaches of Légénes and Ty Bihan are my favorites, there are west of the Yacht Club, small beaches in comparison but very nice indeed. In between all there is Port du Pô, a nice harbor where you can attained the beaches and have some good food looking at the sea.

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    The beaches of Carnac

    by gwened Written Jul 8, 2012
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    wonderful beaches in summer, they are Saint Colomban, Beaumer, Men Du, Ty BIhan, Grande plage,légenèse, with my favorites been Ty Bihan the central beach and the Grande Plage to the right of city center.
    Great place for the family and all, great place to have fun games, the pack sand area is big for even a mini football match, plenty of soft sand for tanning, and facilities just across the street.
    nice

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    Dolmens

    by black_mimi99 Written Oct 4, 2011

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    Dolmen - mi's

    Besides the menhirs, another well-known monument is the 'Dolmen'. The term means "stone table" (from the Breton 'dol' (table) and 'men' (stone). In practice this is a series of menhirs on top of which large stones are placed, forming a sort of room or tunnel.

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    Why were the standing stones built?

    by black_mimi99 Written Oct 4, 2011

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    Numerous interpretations have been placed on these megalithic monuments - sometimes fanciful and not very credible. Nowadays most experts are inclined to believe, on the basis of the disposition of large stones, that they had a close relationship with studies of the stars and the Sun, possibly related to the best times for agricultural work. Several scholars have interpreted the megalithic complex of Carnac as a giant astronomical observatory, others prefer the idea of an ancient worship centre.

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    In Town See the Church of St. Cornely

    by hquittner Written Aug 9, 2007

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    The West Front of St. Cornely
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    The facade of the 17C Church of St. Cornely (the patron saint of horned cattle) is relatively severe. His statue stands above the door withtwo oxen. The interior has a ships' keel curved and decorated wood ceiling with a wrought iron pulpit and choir grille (18C). The outside north door is capped by carved stonework reminiscent of a crown or northern Breton calvaries. A wedding party was in progress when we were there.

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    Quiberon and the Cote Sauvage

    by hquittner Written Aug 9, 2007

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    Cote Sauvage

    Quiberon is the name of a small town (pop 5K) and also the peninsula on which it sits. Alonng the west it fronts on the Atlantic Ocean and it is there that we went to see the Cote Sauvage. Both it and the whole Morbihan area reminded us of the coast of Maine. There were no surfers or wind-surfers out, but we surprised one nude sunbather on the rocks.(We quickly walked away and he did not move).

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    Locmariaquer: The Dolmen of Kercadoret (?)

    by hquittner Written Aug 9, 2007

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    Up the D781 toward Auray, about 0.5 km from the area of the Great Menhir, on the right (east) side is the dolmen of Kercadoret(?). It is not visible from the road but is up the path about 50 yd. behind the backs of some houses in a clump of trees. There is a sort of mound and it is “below” it. It stands there deserted like some large stone child’s playhouse. The inside is not illuminated. There are supposed to be some carving but it looked like just wear to us. This is really off the beaten path and only takes a few minutes (about 15) but it is your own experience. There are other unexploited dolmens like this elsewhere (we even saw one once at Bauge in the Pays de la Loire-See our Tips), so enjoy it for yourself.

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    Locmariaquer: The Dolmen of Mane-Lud

    by hquittner Written Aug 9, 2007

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    The Capstone and the Deity Wall (enlarge!)

    There are several other lesser sites near Locmariaquer not usually visited, each with different objects of interest. The nearest were the dolmen of Mane Lud and the tumulus of Er Grab (Vingle). We chose the former .The Dolmen of Mane Lude is in the area of the Merchants’ Table and the Great Menhir. It has a very heavy capstone over its deepest chamber (it is a passage grave) and the backstone has two sets of inverted “U”s which take advantage of the curve of the stone face. These are thought to be a female deity.There are many other crude carvings.

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    Locmariaquer: The Merchants' Table Menhir

    by hquittner Written Aug 8, 2007

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    The Merchants’ Table is the name given to the large dolmen 200 m away from the Great Menhir. It was buried in a tumulus, part of which remains, about 36 m long. Like Gavrinis it is also a passage grave, but the capstone of the chamber is so large that part of it covers some of the passage (gallery). On the underside of the Table (the capstone) in the chamber, is engraved an axe-like plough with traces of a harness which leads to an ox . Its two hind legs are seen. The rest of the animal is on the buried side of the capstone at Gavrinis (which we did not see when we were there). These were pieces of another great menhir that originally stood on this spot and was thrown down and broken.The back wall of the chamber has a large stone which has been given an ogival contour.. Its flat surface is covered with rows of crooks in a symetrical pattern (believed to represent a divinity). Many other stones have a variety of decorations

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    Locmariaquer: The Great Menhir

    by hquittner Written Aug 8, 2007

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    The Three Remaining Pieces of the Menhir
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    The Great Menhir and the Merchant’s Table Dolmen are together as a single visit. The menhir was overthrown and broken into 4 pieces in prehistoric times (not struck by lightning) during an iconoclastic period. Assembled, it is the biggest menhir known. Apparently it stood here on a raised area and there was a similar one (also broken but its parts dispersed) here as well. Probably they were originally associated with equinox rites. There must have been an iconoclastic period and some of these pieces were too big to move and reutilize. One part of the second stone forms the capstone of the Merchant’s Table nearby where it may have stood, another is the capstone at Gavrinis (See our Tips) and the third piece is part of the Tumulus Er Grah near here (we did not go there). A small part of this one is missing (and as yet has not been found). We have seen a very large standing menhir near Dol de Bretagne (See Tip). Next to the giant fragments there are other archeological digs in progress.

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