Su Nuraxi di Barumini 1

Trish Meyer

Denhams Beach, Australia

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One of the most fascinating sites we visited recently was the UNESCO World Heritage site Su Nuraxi di Barumini
During the late 2nd millennium B.C. in the Bronze Age, a special type of defensive structure known as nuraghi
(for which no parallel exists anywhere else in the world) developed on the island of Sardinia, Italy. The complex
consists of circular defensive towers in the form of truncated cones built of dressed stone, with corbel-vaulted
internal chambers. The complex at Barumini, which was extended and reinforced in the first half of the 1st
millennium under Carthaginian pressure, is the finest and most complete example of this remarkable form
of prehistoric architecture.

Only one tour group is allowed on the site at any time (bonus for anyone with a camera) and as we progressed
the reasons became obvious. We proceeded through the complex and up the outside of a tower via a single file
walkway with protective guardrails (seen at the top left of the first image).

This was taken from about half way up the outside of the tower.

A wider view from a higher point on the climb up the outside of the tower.

From the dimensions of the doorways, steps and passages we traversed to reach the base of the interior
of the tower, we gathered the people of this ancient time were neither very tall, nor very wide!

Inside the tower which is approximately three stories high.

As we gazed on the enormous rock that made the lintel of the lowest internal doorway, we marveled at the construction.

We passed through the doorway in the previous images into a corbel-vaulted internal chamber, where I noticed
what I like to consider a bit of romance in the heart shaped rock about half way up the wall. (hand held – no flash)

After retracing our steps to the outside world, there was ample time to wander at ground level,
contemplating archways, smooth bowls within circular surrounds and more.

If you have read this far … thank you … it was an amazing experience!

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