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This little-known Breton “Easter Island” is populated by mysterious statues

There is a valley in France where colossal statues are erected, worthy of Easter Island.

Entering a green hill in the heart of the Breton countryside, gigantic statues are revealed in the open air, monumental and mysterious. Like a feeling of suddenly finding yourself à on the other side of the earth, on Easter Island. Reaching between 4 and 7 meters in height, these sculptures, nearly two hundred, represent here not the enigmatic Moa statues, but the Saints of Brittany.

Nestled in a small village, Carno, and in the Côtes-d'Armor, La Vallée des Saints brings together these inspiring and captivating sculptures. Saint-Malo, Saint-Samson, Saint-Brieuc, Saint-Tugdual, Sainte-Pol-Aurélien, Saint Corentin and Saint Partern were the first seven "menhir statues" Built on the site in 2009, portraits of the first evangelists of Armorica. Since then, 15 new giants have been sculpted each year in a block of raw Breton granite weighing 25 tons. Hermits, princes, abbs, monks… Each statue, of a different style, tells a legend or a history. Among the most imposing, the statues of Saint Conan and Saint Azenor, in blue granite from Lanh'one and in pink granite from La Clarity for the other, welcome visitors as soon as they enter the site.

This little-known Breton “Easter Island” is populated by mysterious statues

Saint Riom in La Vallée des Saints ©  Laurent Renault – stock.adobe.com

This unique natural site of 8 hectares is freely accessible every day of the year and 24 hours a day. located to the south of Guing and proximity from Carhaix, you can access it via the D787. This crazy project aims to become the unique showcase of Breton granite, bringing together by 2080 nearly 1,000 statues. Ultimately, this pharaonic project will constitute a global information and documentation center on the Breton Upper Middle Ages, offering musical entertainment, tea and music. astral and historical reenactments. There is no doubt that this mystical site, like a great book of history, open sky, will attract heritage buffs. around the world.

If you want to discover other hidden treasures in our beautiful France, the Aroundus application, which allowed us to discover nestle La Vallée de Saints, presents nearly 500 exceptional sites in France and overseas that are off the beaten track and invite à regional adventure, lifting the veil on marvelous sites that are still too little known. The application, which lists a total of nearly 250,000 points of tourist interest thanks to Thanks to generative AI, it can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store. nbsp;

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116