Sunday, 12 June 2016

Valley of the Saints in the heart of Brittany, France

France is creating its Easter Island with a timeless saga set in stone. Year after year new statues adorn a Breton Hill, are a tribute to the founders of Christianity in this region, from the north come monks, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall: St Tugdual, Saint Hernin, St. Gildas, St. Brieuc, St. Malo. Breton that is a project that has gone on for over fifteen years and "the statues are very much in fifty years. This project aims to create a thousand monumental statues between 3 and 4 meters high, in blocks of granite.

France is creating its Easter Island with a timeless saga set in stone. Year after year new statues adorn a Breton Hill, are a tribute to the founders of Christianity in this region, from the north come monks, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall: St Tugdual, Saint Hernin, St. Gildas, St. Brieuc, St. Malo. Breton that is a project that has gone on for over fifteen years and "the statues are very much in fifty years.

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In 1999 the philosopher and lay missionary, Philippe Abjean founded what is called the "Valley of the Saints," to immortalize the monks, "a site ready for eternity" in those days say emphatically. The idea is to fill the valley with a thousand monumental statues between 3 and 4 meters high, in the Breton granite blocks. At the time we got to fifty. 

The project is fascinating, but challenging: every statue now costs 13,000 euro and to finance the work it appeals to patrons, a network that includes individuals, companies or associations. Those who make a donation can choose their own saint. [more info]

The statues are not the only attraction in the area: a seventeenth-century chapel and a feudal mound attract tourists for many years. But this valley has something magical and not just for humans, the evidence is a Gallic fountain whose water had the power to cure animals. 

France is creating its Easter Island with a timeless saga set in stone. Year after year new statues adorn a Breton Hill, are a tribute to the founders of Christianity in this region, from the north come monks, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall: St Tugdual, Saint Hernin, St. Gildas, St. Brieuc, St. Malo. Breton that is a project that has gone on for over fifteen years and "the statues are very much in fifty years.
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France is creating its Easter Island with a timeless saga set in stone. Year after year new statues adorn a Breton Hill, are a tribute to the founders of Christianity in this region, from the north come monks, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall: St Tugdual, Saint Hernin, St. Gildas, St. Brieuc, St. Malo. Breton that is a project that has gone on for over fifteen years and "the statues are very much in fifty years.
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France is creating its Easter Island with a timeless saga set in stone. Year after year new statues adorn a Breton Hill, are a tribute to the founders of Christianity in this region, from the north come monks, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall: St Tugdual, Saint Hernin, St. Gildas, St. Brieuc, St. Malo. Breton that is a project that has gone on for over fifteen years and "the statues are very much in fifty years.
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France is creating its Easter Island with a timeless saga set in stone. Year after year new statues adorn a Breton Hill, are a tribute to the founders of Christianity in this region, from the north come monks, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall: St Tugdual, Saint Hernin, St. Gildas, St. Brieuc, St. Malo. Breton that is a project that has gone on for over fifteen years and "the statues are very much in fifty years.
Photos → Source

France is creating its Easter Island with a timeless saga set in stone. Year after year new statues adorn a Breton Hill, are a tribute to the founders of Christianity in this region, from the north come monks, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall: St Tugdual, Saint Hernin, St. Gildas, St. Brieuc, St. Malo. Breton that is a project that has gone on for over fifteen years and "the statues are very much in fifty years.
Photos → Source

France is creating its Easter Island with a timeless saga set in stone. Year after year new statues adorn a Breton Hill, are a tribute to the founders of Christianity in this region, from the north come monks, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall: St Tugdual, Saint Hernin, St. Gildas, St. Brieuc, St. Malo. Breton that is a project that has gone on for over fifteen years and "the statues are very much in fifty years.
Photos → Source

France is creating its Easter Island with a timeless saga set in stone. Year after year new statues adorn a Breton Hill, are a tribute to the founders of Christianity in this region, from the north come monks, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall: St Tugdual, Saint Hernin, St. Gildas, St. Brieuc, St. Malo. Breton that is a project that has gone on for over fifteen years and "the statues are very much in fifty years.
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