Verziau of Gargantua

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The verziau of Gargantua (or vierzeux of Gargantua), also known under the name of Haute-Borne is a menhir at Bois-lès-Pargny in France.[1]


This is a monolith of hard sandstone 4 meters high and 35 1 m 50 wide.[2] This stone chipped at the top, retains its base width to about half of its height, and tapers to its upper end, wide just over a meter.


The menhir is located north of the town of Bois-lès-Pargny, and backed away a few meters from a small copse, near Sons-et-Ronchères.


At the beginning of the 19th century, this menhir had a twin sister, which was destroyed to extract a large amount of sandstone to be paved. It is claimed that this menhir is based in a land length of sandstone equal to that shows above the ground, which would give a height of 9 meters.[2]
It is likely that this menhir just far enough wood nearby Berjaumont, where the blocks of sandstone are quite numerous and rolled by a large number of men, it happened on this hill.
Legend has it that a man of immense size was using it to sharpen its Scythe. He has left on this hill, in a gesture of anger.
The monument was listed as a French Historical Monuments in 1889.[1]


See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Verziau of Gargantua on the Minister of Culture website
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bulletin de la Société archéologique et historique de Vervins et de la Thiérache, Volume 21, page 28.

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