Stonehenge? No, Salento & Puglia!
Stonehenge? No, Salento & Puglia! – That’s right. When you think of planning a trip abroad to see Stonehenge, the famous UNESCO site with its uniqueness and mysteries you may realize that you may also discover them in Puglia, in particular in Salento. The region that is extremely rich with its megaliths.
There are more than 100 of them, all the way from north to south, but most of them are mainly concentrated in a relatively small area in Salento which includes the municipalities of Giurdignano, Minervino and Giuggianello. This area is defined as one of the biggest “megalithic garden” due to its wide spread dolmens and menhirs . Because of this It’s very is likely to come across to some while wandering in the countryside.
The history of these mysterious stones is fascinating and in some ways still unknown. The first standing stones were erected in the Neolithic, but their function is still uncertain. Many of them are found in ancient tombs, which make one to think that they were almost like funeral monuments; others have vague semblance of human bodies, large and small; Interestingly some menhirs (whose name is derived from the terms Breton men and hir, that meant long stone), were found close to places of Christian worship which were born several millennia after. Indeed translation of the Greek words megas and lithos which means respectively” large stones”. Perhaps Christians might have interpreted as religious works, and they had built monuments nearby which were fortunately preserved until now.
These and much more you can see among the olive trees and the vineyards, that make you clearly understand the most famous expressions of “Baroque in Lecce”.0