Vénus de Quinipily

The Vénus de Quinipily, also known as “The Iron Lady,” is an ancient statue southeast of Baud in Brittany, northwestern France.

Vénus de Quinipily
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The Vénus de Quinipily, also known as “The Iron Lady,” is an ancient statue of uncertain origins situated southeast of Baud in Morbihan, Brittany, in northwestern France. Crafted from granite and standing at approximately 2.2 meters tall, the statue depicts a nude woman and is positioned in front of a fountain atop a granite pedestal. The accompanying large basin, carved from a single granite block, adds to its mystique.

The statue’s origin remains unclear, with speculation suggesting Greek, Roman, or Egyptian roots. Likewise, its subject is uncertain, ranging from a Celtic deity to the Roman Mother goddess Cybele or an Egyptian Isis statue.

Initially placed at the site of a former Roman camp in Castennec, Bieuzy-les-Eaux, within the Morbihan department, the statue became a focal point for superstitious rites in Brittany. As an object of pagan veneration, it faced attempts to be discarded in the Blavet river twice, in 1661 and 1670, at the behest of the Bishop of Vannes. However, it was recovered both times, first in 1664 and later in 1695 by Pierre de Lannion, the Lord of Blavet Quinipily.

In 1701, the statue underwent significant alterations and found its current location at Quinipily, where a garden was established to showcase this ancient monument.

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