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Cairn of Barnenez

Nr. D 76, 29252 Plouezoc'h, France
+33 2 98 67 24 73
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Cairn de Barnenez

Went here during a wonderful week's holiday in the area - this cairn (in truth, a very ancient... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
platpeeps
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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 "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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Nr. D 76, 29252 Plouezoc'h, France
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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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

Thank ColinBull
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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.

Thank Christine G
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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

Thank JillPro
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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

Thank Richard F
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