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Almendres Cromlech Cromeleque dos Almendres Cromoleque dos Almendres
Evora, Évora District
Evora  locality
Portugal  country
Europe  continent
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c. 5000-4000 BCE
38.557621° N, 8.061256° W

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The stones of the Cromeleque dos Almendres seem to be astronomically and geometrically aligned and were probably used for sacred rituals of some kind. Enjoying a peaceful setting among olive and cork trees, the stones occupy a hillside with grand views. Today, this view includes the town of Evora, originally founded as a Roman settlement in the 1st century BCE. About 95 stones are aligned in an oval shape that extends some 70 meters down the hillside. The stones face downhill, like frozen figures enjoying the view. Some of the stones are engraved with designs.

Holly Hayes
May 4, 2012

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