Posted on January 12, 2015
If not the tallest standing stones I have seen, the menhirs of Filitosa on Corsica are definitely the most scenic ones.
Plenty of mystery has always surrounded these creations. For the archaeologist Roger Grosjean, the statue-menhirs represented the enemy chiefs killed in battle. The megalithic people would immortalise the enemy warriors strength in stone, so that it could never again manifest itself. (read more ….) If you have missed the first part …..
A bunch of stern faces
Another enemy warrior
The most photographed menhir
WIde view of the hilltop
Menhirs in olive grove, Filitosa
Today Jo is taking us on a beautiful walk to Roker Pier.
Posted on January 5, 2015
Would you join me for a walk among the menhirs of Taravo valley on Corsica? The largest and the most famous megalithic site on the island, Filitosa, stretches on a hilltop of an ancient olive grove.
I knew I wanted to see Filitosa even before I came to the island. Seriously, if you had seen the advert “open air museum with stones cut and erected 8000 years ago” – would you have been able to resist your curiosity? I wasn’t and I am glad, even though it meant driving the whole day from the other side the island and arriving only 40 minutes before closing time; I have to say that visiting Corsica without stopping by this Neolithic wonder would not have been a complete experience. Here are some snaps of what I saw there:
What does this one remind you of? I am asking cause I can’t decide.
Megalith known as Filitosa V
Here it is again. It is the biggest megalith, 3m high, 1 m wide, weighing 2 tons! On the stone, a weapon is cut.
Info in French
Filitosa IX – stern face captured in granit
If you think that I haven’t shown you enough, stay tuned for the Filitosa sequel next Monday. This is my entry for Jo’s Monday Walk. Today she is dragging us atop of Whitby cliffs to visit St. Mary’s.