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Almendres Cromlech

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The megalithic site o Almendres, one of the earliest public monuments of humanity, constitues the greatest set of structured menhirs in the Iberian Peninsula and certainly one of the most important in Europe. This magnific monument was initially composed by more than one hundred monoliths. Its archaelogical research allowed the detection of several construction periods through the Neolithic Period (5000-4000 bc) until got the look similar to what is nowadays presented. Ninety two menhirs of different sizes and forms currently form twwo grounds that were built oriented to different equinos directions. Around a dozen monoliths is decorated with carved drawings and relief. This was a monument with religious purposes and, probably an astronomical observatory. Is the greatest of a group of megalithic monuments in the beautiful Alentejo region.

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Portugal

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A: jardim-evora

di Antonio Cabral, 13.3 km di distanza

jardim-evora

B: Bone Chapel

di Clement Celma, 13.3 km di distanza

Bone Chapel

C: Medieval Kiln

di Adelino Chapa, 16.5 km di distanza

An old oven in the Castle of Montemor-o-Novo, a small town near of Évora, in Alentejo, Portugal.

Medieval Kiln

D: Castle of Montemor-o-Novo

di Adelino Chapa, 16.5 km di distanza

Ruins in the castle of Montemor-o-novo, small town near Évora.

Castle of Montemor-o-Novo

E: Sacristy

di Adelino Chapa, 16.7 km di distanza

Sacristy of a church that collapsed during the earthquake of 1755, in the castle of Montemor-o-novo

Sacristy

F: Church (II)

di Adelino Chapa, 16.7 km di distanza

Another panorama in the castle of Montemor-o-Novo. Inside the altar of a churche which collapsed duri...

Church (II)

G: Church

di Adelino Chapa, 16.7 km di distanza

What remains of one magnificent churche which collapsed during the earthquake of 1755, in the castle ...

Church

H: Gate

di Willy Kaemena, 33.6 km di distanza

Main gate of the mansion at the lake. See more HERE

Gate

I: Heli Pad

di Willy Kaemena, 34.0 km di distanza

Helicopter landing pad of the mansion at the lake. See more HERE

Heli Pad

J: Alvito - Portugal

di Luis F M Pontes, 34.0 km di distanza

The center of the village of Alvito in northern Alentejo, in Portugal, just a few kilometers from Évora.

Alvito - Portugal

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Portugal, Europe

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Text by Steve Smith.

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