Rendez-vous at the Cairn of Barnenez

  • © Ph. Berthé. Centre des monuments nationaux

  • © Ph. Berthé. Centre des monuments nationaux

  • © Ph. Berthé. Centre des monuments nationaux

Rendez-vous at the Cairn of Barnenez Grand Cairn de Barnenez 29252 Plouezoc'h fr

The Barnenez cairn is one of the first traces of buildings made in durable materials in Europe

Situated on the Kernéléhén peninsula in the Finistère-Nord in Brittany, the Barnenez Cairn is a truly exceptional megalithic site. This large tumulus is, in fact, composed of two adjacent cairns (stone pyramids), dating from 4500 to 3500 BC, known as the “Prehistoric Parthenon”. This vast construction made entirely from carefully piled stones comprises eleven funeral chambers connected by galleries.

The Barnenez site is a gem of the Neolithic age when mankind began to settle, develop livestock farming and agriculture, pottery, weaving and other civilised crafts.

Practical information

  • Monument accessible to people with reduced mobility with help
  • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet: French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Breton, Czech
  • Guided tour: French

Access

  • On the coast between Roscoff and Perros-Guirec 13 km north of Morlaix on the Kernéléhen peninsula
  • From Morlaix: D76 Plouezoch, then peninsula Barnenez

Contact

Grand cairn de Barnenez
29252 Plouezoc’h