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When The Breton Saints Go Marching in

When The Breton Saints Go Marching in

Another Valley of the Saints located in Brittany, When The Breton Saints Go Marching in… about 80 monumental sculptures erected in an exceptional site named in Breton language “Tossen Sant Gweltaz meaning Hilltop of St Gildas, surrounded by a older motte of feudal land, a magnificent chapel classified historic monument, an archaeological site, The valley also has a Gaulish fountain, with waters supposed to cure animals, and any living being I guess 🙂

St Gildas Chapel Carnoet Brittany photo by Solveig from pentyofamelie    St Gildas chapel Brittany Gargoyle photo by Solveig from pentyofamelie

An ambitious Breton collective project guided by an association created in July 2008 that became quickly a unifying project thanks to some wealthy sponsors, to many individual contributors, since recognized as a “public interest association” with Cultural matters.

Also inspired by Egypt’s Valley of the Kings and the Moai of Easter Island 🙂

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Association purpose: Protection, Discovery and development, Promotion of Breton popular culture heritage dedicated to Breton saints through a huge artistic creation, all sculptures carved by contemporary sculptors.

The valley of the saints based in center Brittany; Carnoët, not so far from Carhaix city.

brittany valley of the saints snapshots       Brittany France Valley of the saints 2

Their Goal is about 1000 monumental sculptures cut in blocks of Breton granite by the end of the century.

About 80 giants carved megaliths of at least 10 feet or 3 meters tall sculptures chiselled from granite blocks are standing high on the horizon,  Now, Association and artists  expect 100 Statues up to in 2018 paying homage to Brittany’s founding saints, to the legacy of monks who came over from Ireland, Wales or Cornwall .

Brittany France Valley of the saints 3    Brittany France Valley of the saints 4

The Seven founding Saints of Brittany:

St Pol Aurelian who fought off a fiery dragon that terrorized the people of Ocismor (St-Pol-de-Léon) he later established a monastery there.

St Corentin patron saint of Quimper and of sea food, originally from Ireland, he settled in “Cornouaille” ; Breton Cornwall.

St Tugdwal, originally from Wales patron saint of Treguier. St Patern patron saint of Vannes. St Brioc patron saint of  Saint Brieuc. St Malo patron saint of  Saint Malo. and St. Samson patron saint of Dol de Bretagne.

St Gildas, St Brieuc , St Tugdual, St Hernin, St Malo were the first of the stone saints to illustrate the legendary history of Brittany.

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Breton Saints figurines in stone with Granite finishing by Solveig from pentyofamelie
Pretty stone granite finishing Figurines

Did you know?

Between the 4th and 9th  century, thousands of migrants left their Celtic lands of Wales, Ireland, Cornwall or Scotland to move to Brittany France.

Once In the middle of the stone saints, it felt magical and natural. No doubt, millennia old traditions are still alive…

   Valley of the Saints Carnoet st Konogan Brittany France by solveig pentyofamelie Valley of the Saints Carnoet st Tremeur Brittany France by solveig pentyofamelie

Did you know?

The statues are funded by sponsors. Become a sponsor or make a donation to help raise around €12,000 needed for each statue.

Last, the idea of this monumental project is not so much about religion, but is about To trace the life history of all those saints, and of course to highlight the importance of granite to Brittany’s landscape and economy, in other words, to glorify the memory of 1500 years of popular Breton culture and to protect the identity of the region. And that sounds Good!

The association hopes to attract thousands of visitors and to be considered as a cultural crossroads site.  For Sure, it’s worth the trip!

See you in 2018 to celebrate the 10th anniversary 😉

When the Saints Go Marchin’ in… oh well! …

Nothing to do with…or maybe:), a big kiss on your cheeks Dear Mister Pops,  for it is to such as these ones that the kingdom of heaven belongs’ 🙂

Valley of the Saints Carnoet granite Calvary Brittany France by solveig pentyofamelie
too many calvaries in brittany though…

That’s all for now Folks!

Thank you for reading and for sharing whenever possible. Enjoy a great day All!

2 thoughts on “When The Breton Saints Go Marching in

  1. Merci Dave:) I would be more than happy to get to read other Interesting and nice comments like yours! if only they were not considered as Spams with Spam filter installed… ‘better send me a direct email.

  2. A very interesting and informative blog. It amazes me that while the US history goes back but a mere couple hundred years, European history traces thousands of years. We are infants in the world of history. The 7 Saints, hmmm, the number 7 seems to pop up everywhere lately for me. Beautiful photos, interesting content, and wonderful learning more about France and Brittany/Breton in particular.

    Sincere greetings from the U.S.!

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