The Incredible Rock Sculptures Of Rotheneuf France
In the village of Rotheneuf on the Brittany coast of France, one man carved over 300 magnificent sculptures into the granite cliffs overlooking the sea.
This amazing work of faces, creatures and scenes were sculpted into the rocks painstakingly by a priest, Adolphe-Julien (Abbé) Fouré (1839-1910) over about a fifteen year period. (Sources vary on the number of years he was active.)
It was painstaking because when he was older, Abbé Fouré suffered a stroke which caused the left side of his body to be paralyzed. Over the years he eventually became deaf and his speech got very slurred.
Fouré retired from the priesthood and became a hermit, renting a cabin by the cliffs of the village. In the early 1890’s with one side of his body crippled, Fouré, began creating sculptures in the rocks, that told the history of the powerful Rotheneuf family. He continued carving up until about three years before his death on February 10, 1910.
These rock sculptures are among the lesser known treasures of France and though not well advertised, people who know of their existence come from around the world and marvel at this outdoor museum of art. Because they are eternally exposed to the elements, the site is being affected by erosion and the sculptures are not as detailed as when originally carved. Eventually, unless something is done to protect them, there will come a day when these works of art will vanish.
Here are some stunning photographs of the rock sculptures done by Abbé Fouré.