Verziau of Gargantua

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Le Verziau de Gargantua à Bois-lès-Pargny.

The verziau of Gargantua (or vierzeux of Gargantua), also known under the name of Haute-Borne is a menhir at Bois-lès-Pargny in France.[1]


This is a monolith of hard sandstone 4 meters high and 35 1 m 50 wide.[2] This stone chipped at the top, retains its base width to about half of its height, and tapers to its upper end, wide just over a meter.


The menhir is located north of the town of Bois-lès-Pargny, and backed away a few meters from a small copse, near Sons-et-Ronchères.


At the beginning of the 19th century, this menhir had a twin sister, which was destroyed to extract a large amount of sandstone to be paved. It is claimed that this menhir is based in a land length of sandstone equal to that shows above the ground, which would give a height of 9 meters.[2]
It is likely that this menhir just far enough wood nearby Berjaumont, where the blocks of sandstone are quite numerous and rolled by a large number of men, it happened on this hill.
Legend has it that a man of immense size was using it to sharpen its Scythe. He has left on this hill, in a gesture of anger.
The monument was listed as a French Historical Monuments in 1889.[1]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b The Verziau of Gargantua on the Minister of Culture website
  2. ^ a b Bulletin de la Société archéologique et historique de Vervins et de la Thiérache, Volume 21, page 28.

Coordinates: 49°45′04″N 3°39′16″E / 49.750991°N 3.654529°E / 49.750991; 3.654529