Su Nuraxi di Barumini 2

Trish Meyer

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One of the most fascinating sites we visited recently was the UNESCO World Heritage site Su Nuraxi di Barumini For more views of this site, see here

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

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