Quick Reference

[Bret., island of goats].

Site of the most lavishly decorated megalithic tomb (c.3500 bc) in Europe; a small island in the Gulf of Morbihan, off the south coast of Brittany, 7 miles SW of Vannes. Often compared with the passage grave at Newgrange, Co. Meath, the Gavrinis tomb is smaller (20 feet high, 164 feet round), older, and more decorated. The island was once the destination of Christian pilgrimages and features prominently in Breton folklore. The islet of Er-Lannic just south of Gavrinis contains two stone circles.

Subjects: Religion.

Reference entries