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Attractions Of Spain

Sights in Spain – the megaliths

Historical background.

In the literal translation from Greek the term means “big stone”. The term is not scientific and therefore in the group of megaliths include a lot of different stone buildings, the manufacture of which is determined by the era, before the advent of writing.

Megalithic monuments can be found on the entire globe, except the Australian continent. They are, as a rule, on the coasts of seas and oceans. European megaliths belong to the time of the Chalcolithic and bronze age, whereas in England the time of the appearance of these monuments belong to the Neolithic age.

The uneven distribution of megaliths in Brittany more than anywhere else. But also diverse and numerous megalithic monuments on the territory of the Mediterranean, especially in Spain.

In the beginning of the last century historians argued that the megaliths belong to one common culture, but modern technological advances in the field of research and diagnostics provide the ability to doubt their claims.

Types of megalithic structures.

In connection with certain differences of these stone buildings, they are divided into different types:

• a menhir is a single standing stones

• dolmens – structure, consisting of several stones, one of which lies on the other

• the cromlechs a structure consisting of several menhirs forming a circle

• trilithon – a structure resembling a bench: one large stone, lying on two parallel standing

• the grave – the boat

• Cairn mounds of stone, consisting of several rooms and others.

The Megaliths Of Spain.

Verraco – megalithic sculptural monuments made of granite stone and depicting animals, unique to Spain. They were first found in the Western part of the plain area in the mountains of ávila, Zamora and Salamanca. Altogether there are about 400 pieces. In Spanish the word “verraco” means “wild boar”, but sometimes you can see images of other animals such as bears or bulls. In all likelihood, the authors of these granite sculptures were representatives of the ancient Celts of Spain – Bettany who lived in the area in the 4-1 centuries BC

Most of the rich megalithic monuments of the Andalusian region of Spain. Here you will find the historical remains of the ancient city, the name of which, Los Millares, is called culture of that time, which had a direct link with the prehistoric culture. For the culture of L. Miliaris were the characteristic features of the megalithic culture, as evidenced by analyses of those artifact things from graves of this mound and the presence of idols of stone on its territory.

On the territory of Andalusia are found many megalithic monuments, the most remarkable of which is often visited by tourists and travelers.

Dolmen VIERA is located in close proximity to the small village of Antequera. Together with the dolmen of El Romeral and Menga is a complex of dolmens under the name of the town, near which they are located – Antequera. Dolmen VIERA is named after the man who discovered it in 1903. Is a long (twenty feet) corridor dolmen, with two consecutive portals and burial chamber (height – 210cm, width – 180cm) structure is covered with earth, like the other two. The construction of this dolmen dates back to the fifteenth century BC and belongs to the Chalcolithic era.

The dolmen of Menga is located Veroy, and El Romeral four kilometers further. All three dolmen – structures, intended for burial, but different. The Menga dolmen is a tomb, more like a large gallery, Veera – large corridor, El Romeral is the Tholos. Combines their affinity monolithic boulders that were brought from a quarry located not far from this place is Cerro de La Cruz. The entire complex was discovered much earlier than they got to him, archaeologists and scientists, so findings, which historians are not numerous and are stored in the Museum of the city of Malaga. All three of megalith declared a national treasure of the Spanish Kingdom.

The work on these facilities began directly in the quarry, that’s where the monoliths were cut from where they later moved on wooden rollers, belts, direct placement. The accommodation was pulled out a huge pit, so as to be able to put stone blocks.

Menorca – the Museum of the megaliths of Spain.

The island of Menorca is located in the northeastern part of the archipelago, much less the size of the island of Mallorca, as indicated by its name. Menorca, means less. Small, but in terms of historical value and relevance will not give anyone the palm. It is rightly called a Museum under the open sky. Although it is considered to be the most expensive and luxurious resort in Spain, you will never find a chic multi-storey hotels and do not hear the noise inherent in the large and expensive resorts. The matter is that UNESCO has identified for the island the status of biosphere resource, therefore, is not allowed here, the construction of buildings taller than three floors, the roof color must be in the tone color of the soil and the walls of buildings – only white. On this island, quiet and peaceful in any season. Choosing a Menorca holiday for people who prefer a quiet holiday in a comfortable environment, who love to spend their holidays not only for the body, but also to plunge into the sea of the national peculiarities of the inhabitants of the island.

By staying on the territory of the island monuments – megaliths of Menorca is the first place in Spain. The most interesting and significant megaliths here.

Libel-des Tudons is a stone tomb, which is found only on the territory of this island. Libel, in Spanish, means a small boat, is located in the Western part of the island and consists of two eaves and two vertical walls connected in such a way that is similar to a boat turned upside down. Dated datasystem period is the beginning of the bronze age. Libel-des-Condos is the largest example of this type of tombs, the height of four meters, the length is fourteen.

Torre Trencada, Talati de Dalt, Torrelles Nou, Trepuco and Torralba d’en Salord is all the representatives of another form of megaliths, the most famous, located on Menorca, the so-called taula – megalithic monuments laliotou who lived on this territory from 1000-300гг BC of Taula or table – megaliths resembling the letter T, are common on the island and reach a height of up to four meters.

Tality are descendants of taulov, since the time of their appearance is considered to be the end of the second Millennium BC and the beginning of the first Millennium ad. Meet these megalithic structures on the Islands of Mallorca and Menorca, there are about three hundred pieces.

The study of these structures provide an opportunity to characterize tality that represent the structure of rough raw stones weighing from 10 to 200kg and are usually located on areas of agricultural land, does not contain any objects of worship, as structures only for household purposes. Such structures are typical of Mediterranean Islands. Meet tality, but very rarely, with a pronounced defensive character.

An interesting fact is that the modern peasants erected on the sites of such buildings that serve them storage for equipment or seeds, and also shelter from the scorching sun heat in summer.

The creators of the megalithic talaiot were representatives of particular archaeological cultures occurring in the Balearic Islands. They were created and a number of cities, the brightest representative of which is l’hospitalet Vell.

Similar structures can be seen on the other Islands of the Mediterranean sea.

Religious and religious significance of the megaliths.

Ancient monuments – megaliths, menhirs especially, had, as has already been proven and scientists, right. Put them away from places of burial, but more often in places that are considered special, having a certain energy. People gathering at sacred stones, focused their common will, when solving common problems. In ancient times there was a belief that, having shared the ceremony at the sacred stones, could change things for the better. Less civilized countries still gather at their sacred stones for rituals, which will not meet the inhabitants of civilized countries.