Almendres Cromlech, in Évora
Cromeleque dos Almendres is located on the outskirts of Évora, in the parish of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe.
The Cromeleque dos Almendres is the largest circle of menhirs ever found in the Iberian Peninsula, consisting of 95 monoliths or stone menhirs. It is one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe, being much older than the famous Stonehenge (England) - it was built 2000 years before this!
The first phase of formation of the Almendres Chronicle will have begun at the end of the Neolithic period - the end of the 6th millennium BC.
In the Middle Neolithic - V and IV millennia B.C. -, a new enclosure was added.
The third and final phase of the construction of the Almendres Cromelech took place in the Final Neolithic - Millennium III BC.
Its importance relates not only to its size, but also to its conservation status.
It was discovered in 1964 by the researcher Henrique Leonor Pina, while doing the survey of the Geological Charter of Portugal.
Since 2015 it is a National Monument.
It is currently part of the megalithic circuit in Évora and Alentejo.
This is a magical place laden with symbolism and mysticism and which makes us enter a kind of time machine. Whether to go back and try to understand its meaning, or to simply merge with the landscape and the sunrise on the longest day of the year - summer solstice - this is a place you really have to visit.