The Talayotic Culture of Menorca, a UNESCO World Heritage candidate

We can still thrill with the same things that thrilled prehistoric men. Menorca has more than a thousand priceless prehistoric sites, due, mainly, to the fabulous Talayotic Culture that dominated the island during the Iron Age.

Menorca is a place marked by the cult of the stone, which has been worked by the various cultures that have passed through it and have left a rich historical heritage. Not surprisingly, the island enjoys over two cultural assets per square kilometre, is a real archaeological open-air museum.

Undoubtedly, the prehistoric culture that has been most important from an archaeological point of view in Menorca –and in much of the Mediterranean– is the Talayotic Culture, present approximately in the island from the second millennium BC up to 500 B.C.

Their greatest monuments are talaiots, navetes, taules and necropolis. Surely, you might have had the chance to see a photograph of these fantastic constructions. However, you cannot make a real idea about their presence and majesty without having visited them personally. They have superhuman magnitude, appreciable only to the naked eye; but what really will remain etched in your mind is the force that emanates from them. You'll face a powerful geometry, and you will wonder how they were able, several millennia ago, to make a building so well finished with those oversized stones.

Undoubtedly, the most mystical of the Talayotic buildings is the taula. This is a T-shaped figure, whose principal raison d'être was, probably, more ritual or symbolic than functional. According to experts in the field, they were used as a place of worship of the gods.

The Talayotic Culture also left us the building that remains today as the oldest building in Europe still standing: the Naveta des Tudons. This monument was used in ancient times to bury the dead.

For all that surrounds this ancient culture, UNESCO has decided to admit it as a candidate for World Heritage. Personalities such as Her Majesty Queen Sofia have shown their support for this nomination.

The impossible exists.

Regards from Fornells.

Sunday, 12 January 2014



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