Trip to the Antequera Dolmens site, inscribed on Unesco World Heritage list in 2016 (saturday, october 21st)

As a supplement to the moments of reflection on the present state and future advances of humanities within the current technological development that HDH2017 will bring, a trip will be organized on Saturday, October 21st in order to visit one of the traces of humanity’s remote past or, in other words, some of the remnants that help us understand where we come from.

The city of Antequera, which is located less than an hour’s drive from Málaga, is right in the center of Andalucía. It possesses a rich history that dates back to more than 4,500 years ago. Antequera, the fifth biggest city in Spain by land area, offers a sheer variety of attractions, such as dolmens, collegiate churches, convents and monasteries, churches, palaces, arches, a Moorish citadel, chapels, museums, manor houses and mansions. It also boasts an amazingly well-kept maze of narrow streets and a refined and well-known gastronomic tradition.

One of the most famous sights in the city is the Antequera Dolmens Site, which comprises the Menga and Viera dolmens and the tholos of El Romeral and is considered to be one of the best and most well-known examples of European megalithism. Megaliths are the first cases of prehistoric monumental architecture, which were built from the beginning of the fifth millennium before current area, in the Neolithic period, some 6,500 years ago.

The Menga dolmen and the Viera dolmen were designated National Monuments in 1886 and 1923, respectively. The tholos of El Romeral belongs to the National Archaeological and Artistic Treasury since 1926 and was declared a Historical-Artistic Monument in 1931. In 2016, the Antequera Dolmens Site was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

For more information on the Antequera Dolmens Site, please click here.