Thursday, 24 August 2023

Antequera Dolmens Site

It wasn't in my plans, but we also visited the Dolmen of Menga and the Dolmen of Vieira. We were passing near Antequera and it was almost luch time, so we decided to make a quick visit. But I regreat that we didn't explore more the city... Some other time.

Dolmen of Menga
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The Dolmen of Menga (SpanishDolmen de Menga) is a megalithic burial mound called a tumulus, a long barrow form of dolmen, dating from the 3rd millennium BCE.
It is one of the largest known ancient megalithic structures in Europe. It is 25 metres (82 ft) long, 5 metres (16 ft) wide and 4 metres (13 ft) high, and was built with thirty-two megaliths, the largest weighing about 180 tonnes (200 tons). After completion of the chamber (which probably served as a grave for the ruling families) and the path leading into the center, the stone structure was covered with soil and built up into the hill that can be seen today. When the grave was opened and examined in the 19th century, archaeologists found the skeletons of several hundred people inside. - in: wilipedia

Tholos of El Romeral
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Tholos de El Romeral, situated 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) north east of the town of Antequera (Andalusia), is one of the most important examples of Neolithic architecture in southern Europe. Tholos de El Romeral, also known as Cueva de Romeral (Cave of Romeral) and Dolmen de Romeral, is a megalithic burial site built circa 1800 BCE.
Tholos de El Romeral is a chambered tomb covered by a mound. It consists of a long corridor with drystone walls made of small stones and a ceilings made of megalithic slabs.

El Torcal de Antequera
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El Torcal de Antequera is a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range located south of the city of Antequera, in the province of Málaga (...). It is known for its unusual landforms, and is one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe.
The Jurassic age limestone is about 150 million years old and was laid down in a marine corridor that extended from the Gulf of Cádiz to Alicante between the present Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
Like many massive limestones, the Torcal includes caves and other underground forms, some of them of historical importance like the Cueva del Toro (Cave of the Bull) with its Neolithic artifacts. - in: wikipedia

Peña de los Enamorados
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Peña de los Enamorados ("The Lovers' Rock") is a mountain near the city of AntequeraMálaga ProvinceAndalusiaSpain. It reaches a height of 880 metres above sea level.
The mountain was named after a legend from the local oral tradition. The most well-known version of the legend says that two young Moorish lovers from rival clans, a young man from Antequera and girl from nearby Archidona, threw themselves from the rock while being pursued by the girl's father and his men. - in: wikipedia

The sites comprised (in red what I have):
  • The Manga Dolmen and The Viera Dolmen
  • Tholos of El Romeral
  • La Pena de los Enamorados
  • El Torcal de Antequera

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