The Alignments of Carnac, Part II!

Now this is a heavy subject and I won’t claim to know it well but live nearby so visit several times for the learning curve! The Alignments of Carnac are world famous even Unesco world heritage site and I am just 25 minutes from them! I have written before on them plenty of detail and history so will concentrate on the newer pictures shown here.

They are just south of me about 25 km or 12 miles, and we past by the famous megalithes or stones, as well as stopping by once for the formal knowledge about them. Indeed they have been here for centuries, and very popular now. I am not much into stones, mind you,  but its very historical and folks all over come to see it. The locals have a predilection for stones even decorating their homes with it on the facades. Which we of course ,have copy for our house! Carnac is nice for the ambiance of its restos bars and beaches in summer; its a place to go eat seafood, fish, and the great Breton galettes/crêpes with the cider or the white wine of muscadet/loire or the Breton beers.

The alignments of Carnac  are an exceptional megalithic  alignments located in the town’s limits of Carnac. They are the most famous and most impressive megalithic ensembles of this period with nearly 4 000 stones lifted around 4500 years BC. The alignments are however accessible to the public in high season through the visits conferences with a guide proposed by the Maison des Mégalithes,  and are on open access in winter period or between October and March.  They include 2 733 menhirs, probably largely below what existed in the Neolithic era!

Ideally, your visit to the Carnac alignments should start with a visit to the Maison des Mégalithes or House of Megaliths. The good news is that it is free to access. Its hours vary according to the season, so check the tourist office.

The Le Menec site is the easiest to access. It faces the House of Megaliths, a reception and information center for the alignments. Its spacious parking lot and the location of the museum are not the only reasons for its success! It is the site with the most menhirs. With the 2nd major site Kermario count nearly 3000 megaliths on site!

Carnac maison des megalithes jul12

It is at Menec that it is easiest to grasp the notion of stone alignments. On 11 very distinct rows, you have 1050 aligned stones, in ascending order of size. The spacings are regular enough so that we can clearly see the lines appear when we observe each row.

Carnac maison des Mega menec from roof jul12

At the Kermario alignments, you face the largest monoliths in the Breton region. Here, 1029 menhirs are aligned in 10 rows. Nearby, you will discover the Giant of Manio, the highest standing stone in Carnac with a height of 6.50 meters, or the strange quadrilateral of Manio.

carnac Kermario menhirs jun13

On the Kerlescan site, the alignments are more modest. You have 555 megaliths aligned in 13 rows in front of you. It is completed by the nearby Petit Menec site.

 

I will repeat and update several webpages that will help you further understand these stones and plan your visit to this wonderful area of Carnac.

The unique webpage of the Menhirs of Carnac stones: http://www.menhirs-carnac.fr/en/

The city of Carnac capital of the megaliths: https://www.carnac.fr/Territoire-d-exception/Capitale-des-Megalithes

The Carnac tourist office on the megaliths: https://www.carnactourism.co.uk/discover-carnac/standing-stones/megaliths-carnac

The local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on the Carnac megaliths: https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/megalithic-sites-of-carnac

The dept 56 Morbihan tourist board on Carnac things to see: http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/home/discover/morbihan/the-main-destinations/carnac

The Brittany tourist board on the megaliths of Carnac: https://www.brittanytourism.com/offers/les-alignements-de-carnac-carnac-en-1994701/

The Ministry of Culture of France on the Carnac megaliths: http://www2.culture.gouv.fr/culture/arcnat/megalithes/

There you go now you are loaded to come and see them. Worth the visit and let me know when in town. Carnac is special for the stones and more! Hope you have enjoy the tour.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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