Menhir de Champ-Dolent

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Menhir de Champ-Dolent
Menhir du Champ Dolent.jpg
Menhir de Champ-Dolent is located in France
Menhir de Champ-Dolent
Shown within France
Location Brittany
Coordinates 48°32′06″N 1°44′21″W / 48.5350°N 1.73917°W / 48.5350; -1.73917
Type Menhir

The Menhir de Champ-Dolent is a menhir, or upright standing stone, located in a field outside the town of Dol-de-Bretagne. It is the largest standing stone in Brittany and is over 9 meters high.

Location[edit]

The Menhir du Champ-Dolent is 2 kilometres south of Dol-de-Bretagne in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine.[1][2] It is in a small picnic area fenced off among the fields near the D795 road.[3][4]

Description[edit]

The menhir is the tallest of Brittany's standing stones.[1] Its height above ground is between 9.3 and 9.5 metres.[5] It is made of pinkish granite,[4] and has an estimated weight of around 100 tonnes.[5] It is oval in shape with a smooth surface.[2] A cross was once placed on top to Christianize it.[6]

It has been registered as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1889.[7]

In folklore[edit]

According to legend, the menhir fell from the skies to separate two feuding brothers who were on the point of killing each other.[3][6] This legend is said to account for the name "Champ Dolent" which means "Field of Sorrow".[1]

Another legend states that the menhir is slowly sinking into the ground, and the world will end when it disappears altogether.[3]

According to tradition, in the year 560 Chlothar I, King of the Franks, is said to have met his rebel son, Chram here.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Brittany: Brittany. Dorling Kindersley. 2013. p. 70. ISBN 1409331407. 
  2. ^ a b Pozzi, Alberto (2014). Megalithism: Sacred and Pagan Architecture in Prehistory. Universal. p. 328. ISBN 1612332552. 
  3. ^ a b c Ward, Greg (2003). Brittany and Normandy. Rough Guides. p. 235. ISBN 1843530767. 
  4. ^ a b Barbour, Philippe (2005). Brittany. New Holland. p. 126. ISBN 1860111424. 
  5. ^ a b Danze, Jean (2011). Le secret des menhirs: de Bretagne et d'ailleurs (in French). La Découvrance. p. 22. ISBN 2842657004. 
  6. ^ a b Barbour, Philippe; Facaros, Dana; Pauls, Michael (2004). France. New Holland. p. 213. ISBN 186011881X. 
  7. ^ (French) Ministère de la culture, Inventaire Général du patrimoine culturel, notice on "Menhir de Champ Dolent", 2003.
  8. ^ Spence, Lewis (1917). Legends and Romances of Brittany. Courier. p. 40. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Menhir du Champ Dolent at Wikimedia Commons