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Cairn of Barnenez

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Stunning monument

The cairn contains 11 funeral chambers, or at least that’s the going theorie. You really need to... read more

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Smiep
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Durbuy, Belgium
So large it's hard to photograph, so old it's hard to comprehend

Great care has gone into creating a fine visitors center around this ancient artifact. Good quality... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2018
PaulParks
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Portland, Oregon
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Situated on the Kernelehen peninsula in the Finistere-Nord region, the Barnenez Cairn is a truly exceptional megalithic site. This large tumulus is, in fact, composed of two adjacent cairns (stone pyramids), dating from 4500 to 3500 BC, known as the...more
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Nr. D 76, 29252 Plouezoc'h, France
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The cairn contains 11 funeral chambers, or at least that’s the going theorie. You really need to visit this monument with a guide, he or she can explain how the chambers are situated and which building techniques were used. The visit takes about one hour,...More

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Reviewed 30 July 2018

Went here during a wonderful week's holiday in the area - this cairn (in truth, a very ancient burial ground) is a fascinating visit. You have to pay to get in, but it's not a fortune (they don't do concessions for seniors unfortunately!), and then...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

Great care has gone into creating a fine visitors center around this ancient artifact. Good quality information available. It is cool that they allow you interact with the site as much as they do. You can even walk through one of the tunnels that originally...More

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Reviewed 17 June 2018

Some might say "okay, this is just a pile of rocks" -- but a closer look suggests much was going on here. For one thing, the block design of the thing reminds one of the mastaba-type tombs of Egypt, except if it was constructed circa...More

Thank Kenpasha
Reviewed 11 March 2018

The cairn actually belongs to the top five of oldest man-made structures in the world and it is very little known. It is far more than just an old man-made pile of rocks. A cairn with built-in dolmens and corbelled vaults, the earliest type of...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

It is a very interesting and unpublicised monument, but it would be difficult to make a visit last an hour and not good value for 6 euro entrance fee

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

That's about all it takes to enjoy this thoroughly interesting Cairn ! We did the 3 Grand Sites Megalithiques in a day after leaving Vannes when I saw the brouchure in the Hotel Lobby , never heard of them and thought "Why Not" ? The...More

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Reviewed 26 November 2017

We visited on a day from St Malo. It was a long drive, but we were pleased to have made the effort, as the archaeological importance of this site Is second to none.

Thank EclecticGourmet
Reviewed 12 August 2017

A very important site. Situated on a promontory with excellent views. The ticket office has a good timeline display on the wall and also objects in cabinets. Nice little book shop and clean toilets.

Thank Christine G
Reviewed 11 August 2017

I don't know why this archaeological treasure isn't as well known as Stonehenge. It's about 2,000 years older, and constitutes the largest above-ground burial site of the era in Europe. For history/archaeology buffs, it's a Must-See! Although a bit off the beaten path, once you...More

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