Entrance Tickets – The Sculptured Rocks near Saint Malo

Les rochers sculptés

The entrance ticket is just about as exciting as the attraction!

On a trip to Northern France we visited the delightful medieval town of Dinan and clutching a fist full of property details followed the road back to the coast and St Malo.  We were behind schedule so the sensible thing to do now was to go directly to Mont St Michel but Kim was intrigued by a visitor attraction marked on the map called the sculptured rocks so sensing another unexpected delight we left the main highway and set out on the coast road.

Let me now give you a piece of advice – unless you are really determined to see rock carvings do not take an unnecessary detour to Les rochers sculptés!  We were expecting a stack of rocks standing in the sea pounded by waves into interesting formations but the site is a small area of stonemason carvings in the side of the granite cliff.

Rock Sculptures St Malo

These sculptures were carved just over a hundred years ago by a hermit priest, Abbé Fouré, who had suffered a stroke and lost his ability to hear and speak and the story goes that he began these sculptures as a means of alternative communication. I am not trying to underestimate the value of the work here you understand, what I am saying that it is a tedious detour and unless you want to go round twice which is highly unlikely I have to say the visit is going to be over in about twenty minutes or so.

If you do want to go and see them then I would do it soon because after one hundred years they are seriously eroded by the sea and the rain and it can’t help a great deal that visitors are allowed to climb all over them.

After the disappointing visit I was impatient to get to Mont St Michel but stuck on the coast road progress was infuriatingly slow as we passed through several towns and villages all with inconveniently snail like speed limits.  Out in the Gulf of St Malo we could see the abbey on the island but it seemed to take a frustrating age to get there as the road snaked around the coast and every few miles or so we came across a tractor or a school bus which slowed us down even more.

Several times I cursed the decision to go and visit Les rochers sculptés.

Les rochers sculptés St Malo France

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15 responses to “Entrance Tickets – The Sculptured Rocks near Saint Malo

  1. I understand the frustration but they are quite unique, aren’t they? Poor old hermit. Good for Kim! 🙂 🙂

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  2. A bit of a departure from calm mindfulness😂😂🕉!

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  3. Not everybody can be Michelangelo. That last one, Mr Punch, is quite good.

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  4. It’s always a cost-benefit thing, isn’t it. It might be nice, but is it worth the time and trouble? Sometimes just looking at photos is enough. So thank you for the photos — now I can take your advice and not put it on my must-see list.

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  5. That last one fits my description of weird, Andrew. I like it. 🙂 –Curt

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  6. Problem is you just never know what you’re likely to find on a detour like this.

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  7. Sounds just like the sort of hidden gem I love. Go Kim!

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