Monts D Arree

The Monts d'Arree are a range of hills in the regional natural park of Armorica which reach a height of 390 metres. The range is composed of sharp crests in the north and rounded peaks in the south, separated by a huge peaty depression - the "Yeun Elez"; traditionally thought to be the site of the entrance to Hell.


The bareness of the Monts d'Arree is explained by a legend, which relates that 2000 years ago there were forests covering the area. When Jesus was born, God ordered the trees to go to Bethlehem to pay homage. The trees, not keen on the idea of having to cross such a distance, refused. In a fury, God blasted them on the spot, and no tree has ever grown in the area since - except for the pine, who had done as he asked.

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