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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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  • This extraordinary menhir is a really spiritual stone - standing alone in the landscape it inspires as much awe as a cathedral. One cannot help but wonder how it was put in position so long ago by peo...  more »
  • The poor thing is all by itself out in the field in the middle of no where. Such an oddity really. It is very big (100 tonnes), tall (9.5 meters), slender, and a rather curious shape. Made of pinkish ...  more »
  • A massive standing stone looming up from the flat fields around it that you are allowed to walk right up to and touch. An amazing sight and wonderful to be able to touch the stone. Our children loved ...  more »
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  • A very interesting Menhir. The kids loved it. Worth the detour from Dol.
  • Separate large rock which for quite some time. fun on a route but not in mind.
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  • A single standing stone in the middle of a field. Some fun explanations for children. Do if l we're in the corner but not necessarily worth a detour.
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  • I don't see the point in going
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  • Unusual, perhaps the largest menhir in Brittany 😊
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