Al­men­dres Crom­lech

The the­o­ries be­hind the mys­te­ri­ous Al­men­dres Crom­lech

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Dubbed ‘Por­tu­gal’s Stone­henge’, the Al­men­dres Crom­lech is es­ti­mated to be at least 2,000 years older than Bri­tain’s an­cient at­trac­tion. The site con­sists of more than 90 stones ar­ranged in two con­cen­tric cir­cles, built in stages be­tween 6000 and 4000 BCE.

No one is cer­tain of its orig­i­nal pur­pose, but many be­lieve the me­galithic mon­u­ment was used to ob­serve the night sky. That’s be­cause the stones’ fi­nal po­si­tions align with the spring and au­tumn equinox – when the days and nights are equal lengths. From the Al­men­dres

Crom­lech, the Sun and Moon can be seen ris­ing from the same point on the hori­zon, which sug­gests the site was used by prim­i­tive astronomers.

Another the­ory is that the stones served re­li­gious pur­poses. Some of them bear carv­ings – ser­pents, cres­cent moons and even faces – lead­ing some to be­lieve they could be sculp­tures of an­cient gods or deities. What­ever the rea­son or rit­ual, this is one of Europe’s old­est me­galithic com­plexes and an an­cient spectacle.

The stones align with the Sun dur­ing the equinoxes The Al­men­dres Crom­lech site wasn’t re­dis­cov­ered un­til 1966

Harry Beck was hon­oured with an English Her­itage plaque in 2013

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