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Quadrilataire de Manio

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Latitude:47° 36' 18.02" N
Longitude:   3° 3' 11.1" W

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Visited 29th October 2013

Slap bang next to the giant is another of Brittany’s enigmatic stone settings, the Quadrilateral de Manio. Basically a large stone rectangle, with a porch type setting at one end, which would once have provided a forecourt facing to the south-east. It’s amazing to think that apparently this would have once been covered by a huge mound.

Trees surround the site preventing an observation of the wider area, and I wonder whether the menhir was erected first, or if it was intended as some sort of indicator stone for the Quadrilateral? Burl says the stones were set on a long low mound, but it’s difficult to make this out now.

It’s just about possible to get a photo of the whole of the site in shot , as long as you take your picture from the forecourted end, otherwise some manoeuvring about the trees is required if you want to take a photo from the west end.

I resort to clambering onto the low stone wall which surrounds the site in order to get a slightly elevated view, and manage to get a few photo’s between the regular procession of visitors.

The woodland setting with its dappled light, nearby onlooking menhir, and just proximity to the megalithic wonderland that is Carnac make it a special place, and although a popular site in its own right, it retains a peaceful air, somewhere to ponder on the amazing ancient remains surrounding you, away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists at the main visitors center.
Ravenfeather Posted by Ravenfeather
15th November 2013ce

I'd never seen a stone rectangle before! It has shortish stones which create a wall effect as they are quite close together. It tapers slightly to one end and there's a theory that perhaps it once enclosed a mound, but it somehow didn't feel right for that. It felt more like a meeting place to me. Jane Posted by Jane
2nd August 2007ce

After a fairly long walk through the woods past some freindly horses in a field, we come to a stone rectangle, after seeing so many stone circles back home this rectangle was a real oddity that I just had to inspect in fine detail.
The stones are fairly low 1 to 2 feet at most, except two on one of the long sides which look like an entrance, if a little constricted .Apparently restored quite recently. Only yards away is the Giant of Manio, a real whopper
postman Posted by postman
1st August 2007ce