World Heritage – The Site of the Dólmenes de Antequera


Spain – On 16 July 2016, UNESCO included in its catalog the site of Los Dólmenes de Antequera, which became the first megalithic complex in continental Europe.

After years of study the archaeoastronomer Michael Hoskin, of the University of Cambridge, verified that unlike other megalithic constructions located in the zone of the Mediterranean, the stones of Antequera, were not oriented to the sunrise if not that they did it In the direction of the Peña de los Enamorados, a rock with a very peculiar morphology reminiscent of the head of an Indian lying down, and which owes its name to a legend that tells that two lovers (a Christian and a Muslim) High of this mountain when he can not live his love; Also, the megalithic complex of Antequera, is oriented to the Torcal, natural place famous for the whimsical forms that take its rocks due to the erosion suffered by its limestone.

The Site of the Dólmenes de Antequera is formed by the Dólmenes de Menga, Viera and El Romeral. Entering any of the Dolmens, is transported thousands of years ago. The narrow corridors of stones, the little light, entering the bowels of the earth, make the visit to this place extremely special and incomparable.

The Dólmenes de Menga is a tomb built by large stones where you can distinguish an atrium, a corridor and a large funeral chamber. Inside, there is a very deep and narrow well, which is a strange resource in this type of constructions.

The Dólmenes de Viera, is a grave in the form of a passage of 21 meters, culminating in a square chamber in whose stones can be appreciated remains of reddish paint.

The Romeral is composed of a smaller corridor than the previous ones. In the background, there are two circular chambers, supposedly intended for offerings.

The stamp shows a drawing showing these three very important elements of Antequera: the Dólmenes, the Torcal and La Peña de los Enamorados.

Issue Date: 16.07.2017
Process: Offset
Size: 40.9 x 28.8 mm
Values: 3.15 €