2016-06-12

Valley of the Saints in the heart of Brittany

The Valley of the Saints is a unique place. It's both a historical site and a land of legends. It also happens to be the birthplace of monumental sculptures. In the Poher landscape, you will find a feudal moat and a chapel from the 16th century. Also, giant statues of Breton saints can be found here.

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.
La Vallée des Saints

Carnoët Brittany's Easter Island

You'll find huge statues on the hillside that look like modern rows of standing stones. This project can be seen as a bid to immortality, a fascinating story chiselled into stone, or a crazy idea created by Philippe Abjean depending on your perspective! Abjean decided to build 1,000 statues monumental in Brittany, each one carved from Breton granite. Abjean is building a Carnac to fit the 21st Century!

St Brittany

At the moment, there are approximately 50 statues on the grass representing monks from Ireland, Wales, and Cornwall who brought Christianity to Brittany. Each year new creations are made in memory of these saints and each one bears the signature of a different artist. There will be 1000 of them in 50 years. St Tugdual and St Hernin, St Gildas St Brieuc, St Brieuc, St Malo, and St Gildas were the first stone saints to tell the story of Brittany's legendary history. You can ask guides for information about the mysteries of these stone saints. Everybody you meet, whether they are a sponsor, guide, or visitor, is enthusiastic about this amazing project. It has become a permanent tourist attraction that features trails, markets, and storytelling.

A stunning natural and historical setting

Visitors are not only drawn to the impressive statues but also the spark of imagination. A Gaulish fountain with waters said to heal animals is also found in the valley. It has a beautiful chapel above it. The ancient earthworks of an old motte-and-bailey castle and its moat are visible in the middle of the stone saints. The views from this height span the horizon and include the summits of the Monts d'Arree mountain ranges and the forest de Freau.

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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.
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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.
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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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