The island lies in the Gulf of Morbihan
|Intercommunality||Pays de Vannes|
|• Mayor (2008—2014)||Jean Pressard|
|Area1||3.20 km2 (1.24 sq mi)|
|• Density||190/km2 (490/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||56087 / 56780|
|Elevation||−1–31 m (−3.3–101.7 ft)|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Île-aux-Moines lies in the Gulf of Morbihan. It is 7 km (4.3 mi) by 5 km (3.1 mi), with an area of 3.1 square kilometres. It is in the shape of cross and nowhere on the island lies further than 450 metres from the water.
Île-aux-Moines has been inhabited since the Neolithic period, as attested by the dolmens and other relics.
In 1453, it was given the status of parish.
In 1792 it became a commune in its own right.
Inhabitants of Île-aux-Moines are called Ilois.
There are many megalithic relics on the south side:
- The cromlech of Kergonan, in the middle of the island, with a radius of more than 70 metres, is one of Europe's biggest.
- The dolmen of Penhap, 5 kilometres from the main town, is the most well-conserved on the island.
- Crucifices can be found at Trec'h, Brouel and Le Nioul, as well as on Kerno.
- The St Michel Chapel
- Official website
- French Ministry of Culture list for Île-aux-Moines (French)
- Map of Île-aux-Moines on Michelin (English)
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