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Cairn of Barnenez

Nr. D 76, 29252 Plouezoc'h, France
+33 2 98 67 24 73
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How to Time Travel 6000 Years in an Hour ?

That's about all it takes to enjoy this thoroughly interesting Cairn ! We did the 3 Grand Sites... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2018
Skeney57
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Sydney, Australia
Although it is not well known the sheer age of this site is staggering, well worth a trip

We visited on a day from St Malo. It was a long drive, but we were pleased to have made the... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2017
EclecticGourmet
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Solomon Islands
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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 "Prehistoric Parthenon". This vast construction made entirely from carefully piled stones comprises eleven funeral chambers connected by galleries. The Barnenez site is a gem of the Neolithic age when mankind began to settle, develop livestock farming and agriculture, pottery, weaving and other civilised crafts. Open: > 2nd May to 30th June: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st July to 4th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Mondays from 5th September to 30th April. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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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.

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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.

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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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Reviewed 19 July 2017

We paid our 6 euros each expecting to be able to see inside this neolithic structure, however there is only one tunnel open and a couple of the burial chambers exposed by a quarrying operation in the 1950's. The interpretation centre was underwhelming as well....More

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Reviewed 11 June 2017

An impressive location. A tumulus built more than 4.000 years ago. Astonishing what humans could build with the former tools. Up to July 1st closed from12.00 to 14.00.

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Reviewed 11 May 2017

There are actually two interlocking cairns on this steep site overlooking the bay of Morlaix. The older was built about 4000 years ago of stone gathered from the site itself whilst the later one drew stones from within a two-kilometre radius of the site. You...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2017

Having an interest in pre-historic sites we visited this after arriving in Brittany via Roscoff. The site itself was closed for lunch when we arrived (12.30 - 2), so we walked round the area and explored the scenery. When it opened we went in. There...More

Thank Geoff S
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

We came here as my husband in particular is interested in this period of archaeology. The cairn has a wonderful setting and because of its size, it something unique. There was the opportunity of a guided tour, later in the morning (in French) but I'm...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2017

I'm glad it was free, as not sure I'd pay to see it, but I truly do appreciate what it is and I am utterly amazed it is still here after some 6,000-6,500 years. Part of it was ruined (used as a quarry) before it...More

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