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Driving along Etel ria, on the road to Verdon beg in Locoal-Mendon, I saw this strange cylinder of granite at the side of road. After a short search, this cylinder is called a lec'h. Some archeologists say it was used to signal graves during 12th and 13th centuries. Other say they are gaulish megaliths that have been christianized later. The one on the photo is called Quenouille Sainte-Brigitte (Saint Birgitta distaff). Here is what is written on a tourist information panel close to the monument : "This christianized menhir stands at the entry of Plec peninsula, bordered by Ster Nostang and Ster en Istrec, two of three branches of Etel river. Known in the area as Quéguil Brehet (Saint Birgitta Distaff), this cylinder column of granite is 3 meters height. It is crowned by another more little stele called Gourhed Berhet (Saint Birgitta hat) on which a Christ in cross is carved. Christianization of this pagan symbol may be associated to the building of Saint Birgitta chapel on early 17th century".

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