The menhir of Saint- Uzec


On the map of the Menhir route in Pleumeur-Bodou this site is called, in the Breton language, “Kalvar Zant Uek”. The granite monument is more than 7 metres high and weighs 80 tons.

The megalith was erected here in the Neolithic period between 5,000 and 4,000 years BC. Centuries later however, in the 17th century, Christian symbolism was added to the monument when it was decorated with painted carvings depicting the passion of Christ. On top of the enormous stone is a decorated cross.

On the southern side, bas-reliefs illustrate a praying Madonna and items associated with Christ’s Passion. A cockerel represents Saint Peter’s denial while representations of the sun and moon have human faces. On the northern side the menhir bears deep incisions, probably originally carved by man and deepened by erosion.

Text                             Alda Lesschen

Translation                 Alun Harvey


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