Cerne Abbas Giant

Local nameCerne Abbas Giant
LocationCerne Abbas, United Kingdom

The Cerne Abbas Giant is a hill figure near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England. 55 metres high, it depicts a standing nude male figure with a prominent erection and wielding a large club in its right hand. Like many other hill figures it is outlined by shallow trenches cut in the turf and backfilled with chalk rubble. The figure is listed as a scheduled monument of England and the site is owned by the National Trust.

The origin and age of the figure are unclear. It is often thought of as an ancient construction, though the earliest mention of it dates to the late 17th century. Early antiquarians associated it, on little evidence, with a Saxon deity, while other scholars sought to identify it with a Celtic British figure of the Greek Hercules or some syncretisation of the two.

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More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerne_Abbas_Giant

Official Website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cerne-giant/

Phone +44 1297 489481

Address DT2 7, United Kingdom

Coordinates 50°48'49.569" N -2°28'29.537" E

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