The 2 Statues

Nominoë & Anne de bretagne
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Our statues, who are they ?

The granite statues of Nominoë and Anne de Bretagne
reinforce the emblematic side of the site and welcome the visitors.


Born circa 800, into an aristocratic family from Cornouaille, it’s likely that Nominoë was a descendant of King Morvan. Given the title Count of Vannes, as of 831 he held the position of Louis Le Pieux’s – Louis the Pious- representative over the whole of Brittany.

Nominoë initially remained faithful to Charles le Chauve – Charles the Bald – who gave him authority over the Bretons in 841. Taking advantage of disputes between the heirs to the empire, Nominoë rebelled. Siding with Lambert, the former Count of Nantes, he beat the Frank armies in 843 in Messac then again in Ballon in 845.

His political authority led him to clash with the clergy who depended on the metropole of Tours, he arranged to strip them of their powers in 849 during a synod.

In open conflict with the powers that be, Nominoë led military expeditions into Frank territory and it was during one of these forays that he died in Vendôme on 7th March 851.

Nominoë’s political success in uniting the Breton counts under a single authority for several centuries was underpinned by Breton patriotism, reinforced by knowing that it held a rather unusual position within the Empire. The title Father of the Country, « Tad ar Vro », was attributed to Nominoë by the historian La Borderie at the end of the 19th century.

Anne de Bretagne

Born on the 25th January 1477 in the Château des Ducs de Bretagne in Nantes, during the upheaval between the Duchy of Brittany and the Realm of France , this young dowager queen acceeded to the title Duchess of Brittany,Countess of Montfort and Estampes. Sought after in marriage and engaged many times, she never ceased to protect the Duchy of Brittany. After three marriages, of which her marriage to Charles III was particularly difficult, she became Queen of France and following her last marriage to Louis XII she then managed to guarantee the independence of the Duchy of Brittany and establish her unique staus with regard to the French Crown. Strengthened not only by her status as « Mother » of the realm of France,for the Breton people she remains to this day the last Sovereign of the Duchy of Brittany.

This stylised, masterful representation of Anne of Brittany combines the grace, strength and symbolism of the last sovereign of the Duchy of Brittany.

Key figures


  • Height : 5.3 meters
  • Initial weight of the block of granite : over 18 tonnes
  • Origin of granite : Breton blue granite from Lanhelin
  • Weight of the finished statue : 15 tonnes
  • Sculptor : Jean-Philippe DREVILLON

Anne de Bretagne

  • Height : 4.7 meters 17 cm
  • Initial weight of the block of granite : over 13 tonnes
  • Origin of granite : Breton blue granite from Lanhelin
  • Weight of the finished statue : 10 tonnes
  • Sculptor : Raphaël MARIEN

The Valley of the Saints

Our two statues were designed and created at LA VALLÉE DES SAINTS which is a non-profit organisation which creates monumental statues in Brittany on the hillside of Quénéquillec in the commune of Carnoët, in the Côtes d’Armor.

A living testimony showcasing Breton granite, an amazing human achievement both artisitcally and economically was set up by the non-profit organisation « L’Association La Vallée des Saints » recognised as a cultural heritage site.

It has sometimes been refered to as Brittany’s answer to Easter Island. La Vallée des Saints and its visitors’ and information centre aspire to erect 1,000 statues representing the founding saints of Brittany and in keeping alive and promoting popular culture pertaining to Breton saints through the medium of artistic creation.