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Les Rochers Sculptés: the human spirit materialized
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There are places on Earth that make you celebrate nature and its staggering marvels. And then, other places make you look back into the debris of the human being, appreciating the fact that there is an entire world of miracles right in there, which sometimes happens to shine out.

That’s precisely the case with the Sculptured Rocks (Les Rochers Sculptés) on the Emerald Coast of Brittany France. That’s a large assembly of around 300 huge stones, carved by the hands of a priest named Adolphe Julien Fouré back at the end of the 19th century. Adolphe Julien Fouré was not only talented and obviously quite determined, but also deafened, inarticulate and partially paralyzed after surviving a stroke in his early 30s.

For creating the sculptures, he used nothing more than a hammer, a chisel, and the remarkable stamina to withstand the violent winds and persistent rainfalls along Brittany’s coast.

Sounds pretty unbelievable, doesn’t it? But wait until you see what it looks like.

What do Les Rochers Sculptés depict

The human-made reliefs on the granite cliffs of Rothéneuf represent an old 16th-century legend of a local family whose members eventually became pirates and battled the oceans’ monsters.

Abbot Fouré’s life work reproduces elements of this legend, along with the characters, sea creatures, and narratives connected with the pirate tale.

Abbot Fouré also created several wooden sculptures that he kept in a manor house with a garden that was later transformed into a museum. His works included totems, political figures, saints, mythological creatures, animals, and more. Unfortunately, this wooden museum no longer exists, and neither does the woodwork of the sculptor.

Anyway, the time has not altered the impressive rock carvings, which are nowadays still accessible to the general public.

Planning your visit to Les Rochers Sculptés

You need to be extra careful when visiting the site, because the cliffs along the shore may happen to be stiff, wave-beaten, and windy.

Visitors are asked to pay the symbolic 2.50 Euros to access the area where the sculptures are. Still, the place preserves its natural appearance – it has no additional railings and barriers mounted to protect the tourists.

So, to sum it up – wear decent shoes, keep your raincoat on, and be ready to admire the collaboration of human spirit, natural beauty, and mythological ambiance.

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There are places on Earth that make you celebrate nature and its staggering marvels. And then, other places make you look back into the debris of the human being, appreciating the fact that there is an entire world of miracles right in there, which sometimes happens to shine out.

That’s precisely the case with the Sculptured Rocks (Les Rochers Sculptés) on the Emerald Coast of Brittany France. That’s a large assembly of around 300 huge stones, carved by the hands of a priest named Adolphe Julien Fouré back at the end of the 19th century. Adolphe Julien Fouré was not only talented and obviously quite determined, but also deafened, inarticulate and partially paralyzed after surviving a stroke in his early 30s.

For creating the sculptures, he used nothing more than a hammer, a chisel, and the remarkable stamina to withstand the violent winds and persistent rainfalls along Brittany’s coast.

Sounds pretty unbelievable, doesn’t it? But wait until you see what it looks like.

What do Les Rochers Sculptés depict

The human-made reliefs on the granite cliffs of Rothéneuf represent an old 16th-century legend of a local family whose members eventually became pirates and battled the oceans’ monsters.

Abbot Fouré’s life work reproduces elements of this legend, along with the characters, sea creatures, and narratives connected with the pirate tale.

Abbot Fouré also created several wooden sculptures that he kept in a manor house with a garden that was later transformed into a museum. His works included totems, political figures, saints, mythological creatures, animals, and more. Unfortunately, this wooden museum no longer exists, and neither does the woodwork of the sculptor.

Anyway, the time has not altered the impressive rock carvings, which are nowadays still accessible to the general public.

Planning your visit to Les Rochers Sculptés

You need to be extra careful when visiting the site, because the cliffs along the shore may happen to be stiff, wave-beaten, and windy.

Visitors are asked to pay the symbolic 2.50 Euros to access the area where the sculptures are. Still, the place preserves its natural appearance – it has no additional railings and barriers mounted to protect the tourists.

So, to sum it up – wear decent shoes, keep your raincoat on, and be ready to admire the collaboration of human spirit, natural beauty, and mythological ambiance.

Brittany, France

Where is it on the Map?

Brittany, France

Explore more places in Europe

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Explore more nearby places in Brittany, France

There are places on Earth that make you celebrate nature and its staggering marvels. And then, other places make you look back into the debris of the human being, appreciating the fact that there is an entire world of miracles right in there, which sometimes happens to shine out.

That’s precisely the case with the Sculptured Rocks (Les Rochers Sculptés) on the Emerald Coast of Brittany France. That’s a large assembly of around 300 huge stones, carved by the hands of a priest named Adolphe Julien Fouré back at the end of the 19th century. Adolphe Julien Fouré was not only talented and obviously quite determined, but also deafened, inarticulate and partially paralyzed after surviving a stroke in his early 30s.

For creating the sculptures, he used nothing more than a hammer, a chisel, and the remarkable stamina to withstand the violent winds and persistent rainfalls along Brittany’s coast.

Sounds pretty unbelievable, doesn’t it? But wait until you see what it looks like.

What do Les Rochers Sculptés depict

The human-made reliefs on the granite cliffs of Rothéneuf represent an old 16th-century legend of a local family whose members eventually became pirates and battled the oceans’ monsters.

Abbot Fouré’s life work reproduces elements of this legend, along with the characters, sea creatures, and narratives connected with the pirate tale.

Abbot Fouré also created several wooden sculptures that he kept in a manor house with a garden that was later transformed into a museum. His works included totems, political figures, saints, mythological creatures, animals, and more. Unfortunately, this wooden museum no longer exists, and neither does the woodwork of the sculptor.

Anyway, the time has not altered the impressive rock carvings, which are nowadays still accessible to the general public.

Planning your visit to Les Rochers Sculptés

You need to be extra careful when visiting the site, because the cliffs along the shore may happen to be stiff, wave-beaten, and windy.

Visitors are asked to pay the symbolic 2.50 Euros to access the area where the sculptures are. Still, the place preserves its natural appearance – it has no additional railings and barriers mounted to protect the tourists.

So, to sum it up – wear decent shoes, keep your raincoat on, and be ready to admire the collaboration of human spirit, natural beauty, and mythological ambiance.

Brittany, France

Where is it on the Map?

Brittany, France