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Cairn of Barnenez, Plouezoc'h
Categories: Ruins, Monuments, Tourist Spots
Considered one of the earliest megalithic monuments in Europe, Cairn of Barnenez dates back to 4500 BCE. Known for its remarkable presence of megalithic art, the site includes Bronze Age pottery, engraved symbols, and a mound built from over 14,000 tons of stone. View objects found during excavation, including polished dolerite stone axes, flint blades, and arrowheads. Marvel at the 11 chambers inside one of the oldest buildings in the world. Arrange to visit Cairn of Barnenez and other attractions in Plouezoc'h using our Plouezoc'h vacation builder.
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The powers that be have decreed the path into the site is too steep to be safe for chairs so have closed the access. The only way in is through the normal entrance up a series of shallow steps mostly ... read more »
Construit entre 4'500 et 3'900 avant J.-C. ce monument funéraire mesure environ 75 m de long et 38 m de large. Il a failli être démoli vers 1955 car il était au début d'une exploitation comme carrière... read more »Built between 4,500 and 3'900 BC this funeral monument approx. 75 m long and 38 m wide. He came close to being demolished around 1955 because it was at the beginning of an operation as a stone quarry. Fortunately he was able to be saved and restored. I recommend to read the guides before the visit or be accompanied by a guide who knows this monument. But don't miss the cairn.show original
La visite d'un "tas de pierres" vieux d'environ 5 700 ans est toujours très compliqué, car la plupart d'entre nous avons du mal à nous projeter dans le passé et lui trouver un sens. Mais là, les chose... read more »The visit of a "pile of stones" about 5 700 years old is always very complicated, because most of us are struggling to project us into the past and make sense. But here, things to simplify a bit, the great Cairn of Barnenez is over 70 m long, more than 20 m wide and 5 m high, so there is not need technical explanations to understand the importance of the site for its constructors and the amount of work done. The entrances to 11 passages are clearly visible. The particularity of this cairn is to have served as stone quarry, which has irreparably destroyed a part of the cairn, but also updated the structures of 4 rooms in the West, that makes them visible. This feature allows you to see and understand the techniques of construction of our ancestors. Go ahead even if you pay for the visit you will not regret!show original
UWL lophoto-deDefinitely a must-have. Who history and the history of Brittany should have been here even interested in. Also the area is wonderful. Invites to the immigrating...show original
Loic MicheronOverlooking the Bay of Morlaix, the cairn is the largest mausoleum in Europe. Bonus Admission is free every first Sunday of the month from October to April.show original
Ronan Le Manac'hA splendid archaeological evidence. The view on the Bay of Morlaix is extraordinary. The tour is very interesting.show original
Michel L'hermitteThe explanations during the tour were interesting, mandatory even to understand the site.show original
Walter WhiteA majestic place and captivating. Imagine barely there where one stands. Fortunately the guides are there to take us on a magnificent site by its landscapes and its history.show original
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