The alignments of Carnac
In the heart of Morbihan, discover a high place of European prehistory. The alignments of Carnac are located northwest of the city of the same name. Carnac is an essential seaside resort in the Gulf of Morbihan, known for its alignments of menhirs but also for its friendly atmosphere and its large sandy beach which stretches over 2 kilometers. The alignments of Carnac include more than 3000 menhirs spread over 4 kilometers and 3 different sites: the alignments of Ménec, Kermario and Kerlescan, between the bay of Plouharne and the river Trinité-sur-Mer. The site of the alignments of Carnac has been classified as a Historic Monument since 1889. From our hotel Le Celtique, it will only take you about 5 minutes by car to reach the site.
The alignments of Carnac: menhirs or dolmens?
The large standing blocks of stone are menhirs. Dolmens are composed of one or more horizontal stone slabs placed on vertical stones. The alignments of Carnac are composed of menhirs, large stones placed vertically and whose use and meaning for our ancestors remains a mystery. Several hypotheses have been considered: the alignments could be a kind of agricultural calendar, an astronomical observatory... They could also be part of a sun cult or represent a border or a place of passage.