Vallée des Saints (Valley of the Saints) in Carnoët, France

On a hilltop in France, near a Gaulish fountain with waters that can supposedly cure animals, an army of intricate granite figures looks out on the Monts d’Arrée.

Breton philosopher Philippe Abjean started the project in 2008 to preserve the area’s rich Catholic heritage. He was inspired by Egypt's Valley of the Kings and the moai of Easter Island. The sculptures run the gamut from realistic to completely abstract. His goal is 1,000 saints by the end of the century. Among the first...

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