Alignements de Carnac
Photo : © C Wachthausen/CMN
Visit the largest megalithic complex of its kind in the world, a major site of prehistoric Europe.
Tour-lectures – Prehistory workshops
One of the first state-protected sites. The scientific approach of Prosper Mérimée, the Inspector for Historic Monuments, led the French state to pursue a policy of acquiring and preserving megaliths from 1830 onwards. During the 21st century the sites have undergone restoration and development work.
Neolithic temples. Recent studies have linked the history of these sites to changes occurring in the Neolithic period, when communities started to become sedentary. The rows of menhirs mark the way towards enclosures, areas which were held as sacred. The dolmens had a funerary function.
To ensure the safety of our visitors, the monument is strictly applying the security measures decided by the french authorities.
The monument is fully opened.