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|Description ||Saint-Uzec menhir.|
More than 8 metres tall, this menhir was carved in 1674 when the nearby chapel was built.
As one guide book said at the time, the menhir is decorated with the roughly hewn instruments of passion !
|The line in the guide book was at the time of my visit in about 1987 obviously, not 1674 !|
|"Man's changing beliefs are reflected in this menhir. Originally stark and unadorned, it was erected by Stone Age residents of Brittany in the Third Millennium B.C. With the Christian Era, churchmen sought to replace the stone's pagan associations with Christian ones. Near the end of the 17th Century a cross was installed, and the section below it was carved with the representations of the instruments associated with the Passion of Christ, including a ladder and a lance." There also is/was a painting of the Crucifixion on the menhir that had to be frequently retouched because of the moisture in Brittany.|
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