The Giants’ Crossing - May-July 2019

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From 26 to 29 July 2018, the Vallée des Saints (Valley of the Saints) will be celebrating its tenth anniversary and unveiling its hundredth monumental sculpture, an effigy of Saint Piran. What makes this an occasion that’s unique in the world is that the statue will be transported over land and sea, over a period of two months, from Cornwall in Great Britain all the way to Carnoët, in Finistère.

Before he reaches his final destination, Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall, has a lengthy adventure ahead of him. Tracing the route taken by the monks who left the British Isles to convert Brittany between the fourth and eighth centuries, the statue will set sail from Falmouth aboard a traditional sailing ship named “La Nébuleuse” to Paimpol harbour, where you can celebrate its arrival on 12 and 13 May. After continuing up the River Trieux estuary as far as Pontrieux, it will arrive in Guingamp on 26 May by rail, on the historic steam train "Le Vapeur du Trieux".  At Callac, on 3 June, Saint Piran will take to the road in a horse-drawn barouche, embarking on a 57-day journey through central Brittany, moving from one village to the next every Sunday. The date set for its installation on the hillside at Quenequillec, where it will join the 99 sculptures already in place, is 28 July, and this will be a day crammed full of festive events: the formal opening of the reception building, an artisan market, a gourmet ramble, concerts, illuminations, and much more besides.

This giants’ crossing will be the first of many. From now on, each year, a sculpture of a Breton saint will be carved in one of the four Celtic countries and brought home to the site of the Valley of the Saints.

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