The Clendy Menhirs, Yverdon-les-Bains
"On summer evenings, when the heat of the day dissipates, I like to walk by the lake. I pass by the beach, still frequented by bathers, and continue to the clearing at Clendy. I wander between the standing stones, laid out in a unique way, wondering how they were built and for what religious purpose. In the serene silence of dusk, I have the impression that I can feel the beneficial waves given off by these stone giants. Among the energy centres in the Yverdon-les-Bains area, it's the one which provides me with the greatest feeling of well-being, very close to home.”
Public open space, permanently accessible. No admission charge.
Access: from Yverdon station, a 20-min. walk or take bus no. 1 to Clendy, cross the railway lines and after 150 m follow the sign "chemin pédestre" (footpath).
Good to know
It was during the 2.7 metre drop in the level of the Upper Lake Neuchâtel, following hydrological work in the Jura area (1869-1883), that the menhirs appeared above the surface of the water at Clendy.
These 45 erratic blocks (alpine rocks carried by the Rhone glacier) were carved in human form. Some reach 4.5 meters high and weigh 5 tons. They are comparable to the carved statues of the Neolithic Mediterranean.
A strong incursion by the lake eroded the ground supporting the statues and they collapsed around 850 BC. They were re-erected in 1986.
This unique site in Switzerland is very similar to that at Carnac in France. Some think that you can feel beneficial waves there.
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