The cairn of Gavrinis is mainly discovered from the port of Larmor-Baden and, after a short and pleasant crossing, you will stop, in the heart of the Gulf of Morbihan, on the island of Gavrinis to visit one of the most exceptional prehistoric sites in France: a monumental funerary architecture of dry stone, housing a dolmen.
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Erected more than 6000 years ago, the cairn of Gavrinis is now recognized throughout the world for the profusion of its engraved ornamentations.
To discover Gavrinis is to enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the Gulf of Morbihan, between Berder, Er Lannic, the island of the Mare, the peninsula of Rhuys and further on the horizon, the mouth of the Gulf and the ocean.
To discover Gavrinis is to go back in time. Built nearly 6,000 years ago, in the Neolithic, long before Stonehenge, the famous pyramids of Egypt and the Moai of Easter Island, the cairn of Gavrinis is a funerary architecture of dry stone, housing a burial of our distant ancestors.
To discover Gavrinis is to admire a jewel of prehistory. The cairn of Gavrinis is remarkable for its dimensions: more than 50 m in diameter, 6 m high, and for its ornamentations. It offers a profusion of engravings of rare finesse, which are not found anywhere in the world. Axes, bows, spirals… are represented, but what do they symbolize? Why did Neolithic men erect such a monument? Who were they? How did they live?
« … There are, in Gavrinis, in Morbihan, on other menhirs, arabesques stirring like wrinkles on the surface of low water, undulations, tremors of algae, which must be signs of conjuration or magic. (
Élie Faure, Histoire de l'art. Ancient Art G. Crès, 1926)
The cairn of Gavrinis is recommended by the Michelin, the Routard and the Petit Fûté.
"We visited in a privileged setting. I kept my distance from the group to try to feel the sensations of my contemporaries of yesteryear, and to immerse myself in all these energies present in the ground, probably intact, which make it possible to abolish the ages and to feel immediacy. Not just as a contemplative, but as an asset, as if it were possible to be a man of an infinitely remote age and I got there. If we disregard the boats, we are in a kind of fraternity with these disappeared societies, very evolved in terms of existential questioning. When you enter this underground and see these engravings, you realize that there is a meaning, but you do not know which one. It is important that the mysteries of man are not solved. Even if these mysteries remain mysterious, we can clearly see that we are in the presence of a message probably addressed to the gods, to the deities, to the invisible. It's upsetting, these men had exchanges about their origin, about their future after death. They inscribed their haunting in these stones that they reserved for the stay of the disappeared, exactly like the Egyptians but in older times. What I also liked was the site of the Gulf of Morbihan, which lends itself to burial. There is something extremely protected, which escapes the notion of timing. Oneself escapes the notion of time. One has the impression that there is a kind of funerary vocation, tomb of the place, not in the gloomy, melancholic sense, but a tranquility deserved by the living at the end of their painful earthly journey. These stone manuscripts are our own hieroglyphics. We are free to dream about their meaning and we have the impression of being in the pages of a stone book whose meaning we do not understand, but the meaning is there anyway, in a sibylline way. I love the presence around these tombs, the matrix presence of water, as if there was any hope of resurrection. »