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Carnac stones, Carnac

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Visit Carnac stones (Alignments de Carnac) to view the largest group of megaliths of this variety in the world. Guided tours in English will tell you about the stones erected here during the Neolithic period, probably around 3,300 BCE, but some may date back to 4,500 BCE. Eleven converging rows of menhirs (standing stones) stretch for 116,500 sq m (271,000 sq ft). Make Carnac stones a centerpiece of your Carnac vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Carnac online trip planner.
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  • Walking on a beautifully landscaped path along the prehistoric stones, so many stones, as far as you can see! There is a long walking route along all prehistoric elements. Do it!  more »
  • Let's face it, most people nowadays only stop here because they want to take a selfie with some stones behind their back. I liked it for 15 minutes or so.  more »
  • If you are visiting this region of France make sure you don't miss the megaliths of Carnac. There are literally hundred of standing stones.  more »
  • Can't walk amongst the stones till October so limited to walking a busy main road around the site
  • Really amazing and interesting. Had a really great day out walking through all the alignments.
  • Mysterious lines of prehistoric stones that continue to confound archaeologists. Striding across the open country around the Breton village of Carnac in western France are more than 4,000 standing stones—the largest assemblage of such stones in the world—erected by Neolithic people about 7,000 years ago, although some uncertainty surrounds their age. The stones stretch in lines running northeast from Carnac and are arranged in three main alignments and one small alignment. The three main alignments of stones stand in converging rows or fanlike arrangements alongside prehistoric tombs (dolmens) and tumuli (mounds). Mysterious lines Quite why the stones were placed here is still a mystery. Some archaeologists have suggested alignments with sunsets at the solstices, or that the stones might have formed a huge observatory; others have proposed funerary uses or speculated that the stones mark a threshold between two different worlds. Local tradition says that the stones stand in straight lines because they were once a Roman legion turned to stone by the wizard Merlin.
  • Looks good but everything looks kind of the same. Would recomend to drive by with a car or bike and take a look at the most fascinating places. The visitors center has a quite interesting film.
  • Nice historic site, worth a visit. Fascinating how and why these ancient tribes managed to arrange those stones. Be aware, you cant enter the area without a guide, but you can walk around what in my opinion is good enough plus, if you do not book a tour the visit is free of charge (includes the museum).

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