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Commune in Brittany, FranceCarnacKarnagCommuneStanding stones in the Kermario alignment Coat of armsLocation of Carnac CarnacShow map of FranceCarnacShow map of BrittanyCoordinates: 47°35′05″N 3°04′46″W / 47.5847°N 3.0794°W / 47.5847; -3.0794Coordinates: 47°35′05″N 3°04′46″W / 47.5847°N 3.0794°W / 47.5847; -3.0794CountryFranceRegionBrittanyDepartmentMorbihanArrondissementLorientCantonQuiberonIntercommunalityCôte des MégalithesGovernment • Mayor (2014—2020) Olivier LepickArea132.71 km2 (12.63 sq mi)Population (2016-01-01)[1]4,381 • Density130/km2 (350/sq mi)Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET) • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)INSEE/Postal code56034 /56340Elevation0–45 m (0–148 ft) (avg. 16 m or 52 ft)1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.Carnac (Breton: Karnag) is a commune beside the Gulf of Morbihan on the south coast of Brittany in the Morbihan department in north-western France. Its inhabitants are called Carnacois in French. Carnac is renowned for the Carnac stones – one of the most extensive Neolithic menhir collections in the world – as well as its beaches, which are popular with tourists. Located on a narrow peninsula halfway between the medieval town Vannes and the seaside resort Quiberon, Carnac is split into two centres - Carnac-Ville and Carnac-Plage (the beachfront). In total there are five beaches, including la Grande Plage, and further to the east, Plage Men Dû and Beaumer. Contents 1 Standing stones 2 History 3 Tourism 4 Neighboring communes 5 Demographics 6 Breton language 7 See also 8 References 8.1 Notes 9 External links Standing stones[edit] Stones in the Menec alignment Main article: Carnac stones Carnac is famous as the site of more than 10,000 Neolithic standing stones, also known as menhirs. The stones were hewn from local rock and erected by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany. Local tradition claims that the reason they stand in such perfectly straight lines is that they are a Roman legion turned to stone by Pope Cornelius.[2]The Carnac stones were erected during the Neolithic period which lasted from around 4500 BC until 2000 BC. The precise date of the stones is difficult to ascertain as little dateable material has been found beneath them, but the site's main phase of activity is commonly attributed to c. 3300 BC. One interpretation of the site is that successive generations visited the site to erect a stone in honour of their ancestors. A recent suggestion, proposed by Santiago Sevilla, posits that the megaliths were set as protecting shields for an army of defenders of Carnac as a pre-erected burg against attacking enemies. [3] History[edit] Tumulus of Saint-MichelIn 1864, La Trinité-sur-Mer and its port were separated from the commune to create their own commune and parish. The fishermen found the church in Saint-Cornély to be too far from the port, and had one built in a more convenient location. La Trinité-sur-Mer thus became both a parish and a separate commune. In 1903, a seaside resort was created on the old salt flats, developing extensively through the 1950s to create the split Carnac of today: Carnac-ville and Carnac-plage. In 1974, a renowned hydrotherapy centre was sponsored by champion cyclist Louison Bobet, retiring after having won the Tour de France three times from 1953 to 1955. Tourism[edit] View of the Quiberon Bay from one of the Carnac beaches. Since the end of World War II, Carnac has become a popular site for tourists seeking a break from the traditional destinations on the Côte d'Azur. During the months of July and August, the number of people in the town increases significantly from the influx of tourists and summer residents. The beaches of Brittany are rarely able to offer warm waters on par with those of their southern cousins; however local factors have ensured that Carnac continues to attract large numbers of visitors. Wind and waves in the region attract day and cruise sailors. The Standing Stones and other monuments in the vicinity provide some cultural attraction and Carnac-Plage's variety of bars and clubs ensures that a younger set can amuse themselves at night. There are a number of camping grounds in the woods around Carnac, some clustered around various lakes such as the Étang du moulin du lac which is immediately to the west of the river Crac'h. There are also other campsites near to Carnac including Camping le Moulin de Kermaux, Des Menhirs and La Grande Metairie. [4]Carnac is home to "École de Voile de Carnac" which provides sailing and windsurfing lessons and rentals to sailors of all levels of experience. The geography of the Bay of Quiberon provides ideal conditions for sailing. The Peninsula of Quiberon provides protection from Atlantic waves and turbulence while allowing the Gulf Winds to enter the bay. For windsurfers, the Saint-Colomban beach is located in Carnac-Plage. The beach is very popular with windsurfers, as its position allows for the best exploitation of strong winds from the West. Other beaches in the area provide equal access to the winds of the bay but windsurfers may find themselves frustrated the areas of dead air close to their shores. Other beaches in Carnac include Bihan Plage, Légenèse Plage, Grande Plage, Beaumer Plage and Men-Du Plage. [5]A local myth holds that a unicorn lives in the waters off the city and in a cave near St. Malo.[citation needed] Neighboring communes[edit] Carnac is connected to La Trinité-sur-Mer to the east by road and by a shared pedestrian/bike path along the beach. The other neighbouring communes are Crac'h, Erdeven, Ploemel and Plouharnel. Demographics[edit] At the census of 2011, the town had a population of 4,227.[6] Inhabitants of Carnac are called Carnacois. Breton language[edit] In 2008, the municipality launched a linguistic plan and signed an agreement to encourage and facilitate the translation of municipal documents and news materials into the Breton language.[7]In 2009, 11.03% of children attended bilingual schools in primary education.[8] See also[edit] Standing stones Carnac stones Communes of the Morbihan department List of archaeoastronomical sites sorted by country List of megalithic sitesReferences[edit] Carnac: Guide pratique 2006 (provided by Carnac tourist office)Notes[edit] ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019. ^ France Holidays, Brittany ^ Sevilla, Santiago (November 2017). Paleolithic Studies: Stonehenge & Carnac. Amazon. ^ Campsites in Carnac ^ Beaches of Carnac ^ ^ ‹See Tfd›(in French) Pact between the town and the Office of the Breton language ^ ‹See Tfd›(in French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue Archived November 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine External links[edit] Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Carnac. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Carnac. Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Carnac.Carnac official website ‹See Tfd›(in French) Carnac at (includes map) French Ministry of Culture list for Carnac ‹See Tfd›(in French) Map of Carnac on Michelin ‹See Tfd›(in English)vteCommunes of the Morbihan department Allaire Ambon Arradon Arzal Arzon Augan Auray Baden Bangor Baud Béganne Beignon Belz Berné Berric Bignan Billiers Billio Bohal Bono Brandérion Brandivy Brech Bréhan Brignac Bubry Buléon Caden Calan Camoël Camors Campénéac Carentoir Carnac Caro Caudan La Chapelle-Caro La Chapelle-Neuve Cléguer Cléguérec Colpo Concoret Cournon Le Cours Crac'h Crédin Le Croisty Croixanvec La Croix-Helléan Cruguel Damgan Elven Erdeven Étel Évellys Évriguet Le Faouët Férel Forges de Lanouée Les Fougerêts La Gacilly Gâvres Gestel Gourhel Gourin Grand-Champ La Grée-Saint-Laurent Groix Guégon Guéhenno Gueltas Guémené-sur-Scorff Guénin Guer Guern Le Guerno Guidel Guillac Guilliers Guiscriff Helléan Hennebont Le Hézo Hœdic Houat Île-aux-Moines Île-d'Arz Inguiniel Inzinzac-Lochrist Josselin Kerfourn Kergrist Kernascléden Kervignac Landaul Landévant Lanester Langoëlan Langonnet Languidic Lantillac Lanvaudan Lanvénégen Larmor-Baden Larmor-Plage Larré Lauzach Lignol Limerzel Lizio Locmalo Locmaria Locmaria-Grand-Champ Locmariaquer Locminé Locmiquélic Locoal-Mendon Locqueltas Lorient Loyat Malansac Malestroit Malguénac Marzan Mauron Melrand Ménéac Merlevenez Meslan Meucon Missiriac Mohon Molac Monteneuf Monterblanc Montertelot Moréac Moustoir-Ac Muzillac Néant-sur-Yvel Neulliac Nivillac Nostang Noyal-Muzillac Noyal-Pontivy Le Palais Péaule Peillac Pénestin Persquen Plaudren Plescop Pleucadeuc Pleugriffet Ploemel Ploemeur Ploërdut Ploeren Ploërmel Plouay Plougoumelen Plouharnel Plouhinec Plouray Pluherlin Plumelec Pluméliau-Bieuzy Plumelin Plumergat Pluneret Pluvigner Pontivy Pont-Scorff Porcaro Port-Louis Priziac Questembert Quéven Quiberon Quily Quistinic Radenac Réguiny Réminiac Riantec Rieux La Roche-Bernard Rochefort-en-Terre Le Roc-Saint-André Rohan Roudouallec Ruffiac Le Saint Saint-Abraham Saint-Aignan Saint-Allouestre Saint-Armel Saint-Avé Saint-Barthélemy Saint-Brieuc-de-Mauron Saint-Caradec-Trégomel Saint-Congard Saint-Dolay Sainte-Anne-d'Auray Sainte-Brigitte Sainte-Hélène Saint-Gérand Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys Saint-Gonnery Saint-Gorgon Saint-Gravé Saint-Guyomard Saint-Jacut-les-Pins Saint-Jean-Brévelay Saint-Jean-la-Poterie Saint-Laurent-sur-Oust Saint-Léry Saint-Malo-de-Beignon Saint-Malo-des-Trois-Fontaines Saint-Marcel Saint-Martin-sur-Oust Saint-Nicolas-du-Tertre Saint-Nolff Saint-Perreux Saint-Philibert Saint-Pierre-Quiberon Saint-Servant Saint-Thuriau Saint-Tugdual Saint-Vincent-sur-Oust Sarzeau Sauzon Séglien Séné Sérent Silfiac Le Sourn Sulniac Surzur Taupont Théhillac Theix-Noyalo Le Tour-du-Parc Tréal Trédion Treffléan Tréhorenteuc La Trinité-Porhoët La Trinité-sur-Mer La Trinité-Surzur Vannes La Vraie-Croix Authority control BNF: cb152652842 (data) GND: 4085156-4 LCCN: n81136721 VIAF: 147761340 WorldCat Identities (via VIAF): 147761340 Retrieved from "" Categories: Archaeological sites in FranceCommunes of MorbihanPopulated coastal places in BrittanySeaside resorts in FranceHidden categories: Articles with French-language external linksWebarchive template wayback linksArticles with short descriptionCoordinates on WikidataAll articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from July 2019Portal templates with all redlinked portalsCommons category link is on WikidataWikipedia articles with BNF identifiersWikipedia articles with GND identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiersPages using the Kartographer extension Navigation menu Personal tools Not logged inTalkContributionsCreate accountLog in Namespaces ArticleTalk Variants Views ReadEditView history More Search Navigation Main pageContentsFeatured contentCurrent eventsRandom articleDonate to WikipediaWikipedia store Interaction HelpAbout WikipediaCommunity portalRecent changesContact page Tools What links hereRelated changesUpload fileSpecial pagesPermanent linkPage informationWikidata itemCite this page In other projects Wikimedia CommonsWikivoyage Print/export Create a bookDownload as PDFPrintable version Languages AlemannischAragonésBân-lâm-gúBrezhonegCatalàCebuanoČeštinaCymraegDeutschEspañolEsperantoEuskaraفارسیFrançaisGaeilgeGaelgGalegoHrvatskiItalianoעבריתҚазақшаLatinaMagyarBahasa MelayuNederlands日本語NorskNorsk nynorskOccitanOʻzbekcha/ўзбекчаPiemontèisPolskiPortuguêsRomânăРусскийSlovenčinaСрпски / srpskiSrpskohrvatski / српскохрватскиSvenskaதமிழ்УкраїнськаTiếng ViệtVolapükWinaray中文 Edit links This page was last edited on 10 July 2019, at 14:13 (UTC). 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