Cromeleque dos Almendres
This picture, the same as the yesterday's, was taken just before dusk in February. By the time we had walked the hundred yards or so back to our car it was dark enough to need the lights on the car. It made the journey back along the couple of miles of rough road quite interesting.
We were, frankly, amazed by the site. We only visited by chance, having seen the sign for "Cromeleque" as we travelled along the main road between Évora and Lisbon.
There are no tourist features; there is no 'protection' other than the sign I've copied out below; there are no guided tours; there are no leaflets. But, it's amazing!
Truly an impressive place, way off the 'beaten track' and very well worth a visit although you might find it difficult to spend more than an hour there unless you are particularly interested and knowledgeable about neolithic cultures and structures.
I thought I'd experiment with this one and convert it to mono. I think it has more impact this way.
What do you think?
These stones are somewhere about - here -
There is a large sign at the stones, written in Portuguese and English reads
"Cromeleque dos AlmendresA National Monument (Decrete 735/78 de 21/12/1974)The megalithic enclosure of Almendres, one of the first public monuments in the human history, comprises the largest group of menhirs to have been erected on the Iberia Peninsula, and one of the most important in Europe.This megalithic monument originally consisted of more than a hundred monoliths. The excavation have made possible the detection of various phases of construction throughout the Neolithic period (the 5th to the 4th millennia BC) to the point where it acquired an appearance similar to that which is found today.There are 92 menhirs, with different shapes and dimensions, some small, rudely shaped blocks, others of greater size which have given the place the name of Alto das Pedras Talhas.They form two enclosures erected in different, distinct epoch, geminated, and aligned to accord with the equinoxes. Ten of the monoliths are decorated, exhibiting rellets or engravings.It was a monument which had religious functions, and was probably also a primitive astronomical observatory.This monument is situated in the Herdade dos Almendres estate owned by Jose Manuel Neves.The school with has adopted (Escola EB1 de Agua de Upe) and the Guadalupe local council request that you treat this pre-historic munument, and the area surrounding it, with pride and respect."
....If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy.
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