Menhir du Champ Dolent, Dol-de-Bretagne

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The Menhir de Champ-Dolent is a menhir, or upright standing stone, located in a field outside the town of Dol-de-Bretagne. It is the largest standing stone in Brittany and is over 9 meters high.LocationThe Menhir du Champ-Dolent is 2 kilometres south of Dol-de-Bretagne in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine. It is in a small picnic area fenced off among the fields near the D795 road.DescriptionThe menhir is the tallest of Brittany's standing stones. Its height above ground is between 9.3 and 9.5 metres. It is made of pinkish granite, and has an estimated weight of around 100 tonnes. It is oval in shape with a smooth surface. A cross was once placed on top to Christianize it.It has been registered as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1889.In folkloreAccording to legend, the menhir fell from the skies to separate two feuding brothers who were on the point of killing each other. This legend is said to account for the name "Champ Dolent" which means "Field of Sorrow".Another legend states that the menhir is slowly sinking into the ground, and the world will end when it disappears altogether.According to tradition, in the year 560 Chlothar I, King of the Franks, is said to have met his rebel son, Chram, here.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A very large menhir on an easily accessible place. There is little to see. Going by and equally get off to walk around it is sufficient.
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  • August 15, 2017
    It is accessed by the road we Park as can be. The explanatory panel is interesting. The site includes locations to have a picnic. The menhir is in good condition
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  • August 1, 2017
    Great to see and enjoyed the connection with the nearby cathedral, albeit a legend. We enjoyed the visit to the area.  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    A very interesting Menhir. The kids loved it. Worth the detour from Dol.
  • August 21, 2017
    This thing is gigantic! Worth a quick visit if you are in the neighborhood.
  • August 8, 2017
    Nice place to get a true "Asterix and Obelix" menhir. No busy tourist attraction.
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  • August 22, 2017
    Tourist places and legendary located property easy to access out of dol in Brittany parking and accecible to the persons with mobility reduced outdoor activities see
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  • September 7, 2017
    At the bend of a road, a menhir. Always moving and imposing! Especially this one!
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