La Roche aux Fées
ONE OF the most preserved dolmen of Europe
La Roche aux fees is a dolmen, it gives its name to the agglomeration community.
The purple schist paving stones that make up the dolmen draw a covered alley. Back in 3000 BC it was a very common type of grave.
Fsormerly, the site was surmounted by a number of dry stones, or cairn. It gave the monument its majestic appearance.
This covered alley is 19,5m long, 6 metres wide and 4 metres high.
The stones come from a deposit in the middle of the « Theil-de-Bretagne » forest situated 4km away from the site. Each stone weights several tons. The heaviest weighs 45 tons and the total weight reaches almost 500 tons.
The dolmen reveals its true magic on the winter solstice (the 21st of December) when the first rays of sun appear in the entry line.
It owes its good condition to the interest Romantics of the 19th century showed for it. Since then, it keeps arousing admiration and feeding imagination.
It is said that fairies erected the monument one night to prove their existence. The legend also tells that the monument grants wedded bliss to lovers who can each count the same number of stones in the monument.
Location: Essé, 3km away for the town, following the direction towards Retier.
Ouverture au public : Tous les week-end et jours fériés à partir de Pâques de 11h à 18h. Et en juillet et août, tous les jours de 11h à 18h.
Visite de groupes sur réservation au 0820 205 235.
Visites individuelles en été.