Almendres Cromlech

Almendres Cromlech dates back about 8,000 years and is one of the oldest monuments in the world. The oval shaped Neolithic/Chalcolithic, 100 ft (30 m) by 200 ft (60 m), rock formation is near Evora, Portugal.   Image credit: Joao Abecasis Fernandes; Joao’s Web site

Its quartzite standing stones are estimated to be approximately 2,000 years older than Stonehenge. The site was rediscovered by Henrique Leonor Pina in 1966. Because the double concentric formation of the stones seems to be aligned toward different equinoctial directions, it’s possible that it had some astronomical significance to its builders. Another theory holds that it may relate to the number of days in a season or the position of the moon. In any case, it’s surmised that their geometrical positioning was perhaps associated with sacred rituals. Photo taken on September 1, 2012.    Summary Authors: Joao Abecasis Fernandes; Stu Witmer



Almendres Cromlech megalithic complexImage credit: wikipedia


This is the first trailer from my new documentary project, all about the portuguese megalithic monuments.
Produced, written, edited and directed by João Abecasis Fernandes
Poetry by Rodrigo Abecasis Fernandes
Photographed by João Abecasis Fernandes and Hugo Botelho Rodrigues
Music – The Secret Agent Ending by Philip Glass
© Mocho Filmes 2012

The Almendres Cromlech megalithic complex, located near Guadalupe, in the civil parish of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, municipality of Évora, is the largest existing group of structured menhirs in the Iberian Peninsula, and one of the largest in Europe.

This archaeological site consists of several megalithic structures: cromlechs, and menhir stones, the first belonging to the so-called “megalithic universe of Évora”, with clear parallels to other cromlechs, such as in Portela Mogos in the Montemor-o-Novo.



Almendres Cromlech megalithic complex
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