Le Menhir de la Cathédrale du Mans

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Built between 4000 and 5000 B.C. on this site in the Vieux-Mans (now the Cité Plantagenêt), the menhir is the oldest witness to Mancelle history.

This raised stone, long considered as the "navel" of Le Mans, has been the object of various cults making it the center of the universe or a symbol of fertility. A pagan sign, it was saved from destruction by Saint-Julien, who came to Christianise Le Mans in the 4th century. The religious would have capped it with a cross that has since disappeared. The menhir was attached to the cathedral during its construction. It is the last witness of a place where other sacred stones were found.

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