Monday, 1 September 2014

Exploring the Limousin : Pierre aux Neuf Gradins - Soubrebost

Explore the Limousin: Pierre aux Neuf Gradins
Explore the Limousin: Pierre aux Neuf Gradins
Explore the Limousin: Pierre aux Neuf Gradins
Explore the Limousin: Pierre aux Neuf Gradins
We are really enjoying exploring the beautiful Limousin region and all the new things we are discovering about its history and culture. We had often seen the sign to Pierre aux Neuf Gradins on the road to Bourganeuf but had not stopped to explore further.

So with Eric le chien in tow, on a sunny August day we decided to stop take a look. We parked up at the entrance to the woods in Soubrebost and took a steady walk up a rather steep hill. At the top we discovered the ancient stones and the main attraction the Pierre aux Neuf Gradins – 9 steps carved into a large rock leading to a platform with 2 connecting 'bowls' and a gutter carved into the side of the rock.

Not much is known about these stones but according to local legend they were used for druid ceremonies and sacrifices. The water in the bowls that had been carved out of the stone were also said to have magical and curative properties. Legend has it that local women would place pins in the water or drink from it to ensure their husbands fidelity!

A fascinating place which has inspired me to try and find out more (and practice my French reading skills) about this ancient site.   

We hope to welcome you soon to the beautiful Limousin - to get in touch contact us at De Tout Coeur Limousin.  


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