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The South Sights

Cerne Abbas Giant

  • A352 Map It
  • Cerne Abbas
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Updated 05/28/2014

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This colossal and unblushingly priapic figure, 180 feet long, dominates a hillside overlooking the village of Cerne Abbas. The giant carries a huge club and may have originated as a pre-Roman tribal fertility symbol. Alternatively, historians have tended to believe he is a representation of Hercules dating back to the 2nd century AD, but more recent research suggests he may be a 17th-century gibe at Oliver Cromwell. The figure's outlines are formed by 1-foot-wide trenches

cut into the ground to reveal the chalk beneath. The best place to view the figure is from the A352 itself, where you can park in one of the numerous nearby turnouts.

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A352, Cerne Abbas, DT2, England

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Updated 05/28/2014


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