Dolmen of Menga
|Dolmen of Menga|
Dolmen of Menga entrance
|Coordinates||37°01′28.51″N 4°32′46.65″W / 37.0245861°N 4.5462917°WCoordinates: 37°01′28.51″N 4°32′46.65″W / 37.0245861°N 4.5462917°W|
|Official name: Antequera Dolmens Site|
|Criteria||i, iii, iv|
|Designated||2016 (40th session)|
|Region||Europe and North America|
It is one of the largest known ancient megalithic structures in Europe. It is 25 metres (82 ft) long, 5 metres (16 ft) wide and 4 metres (13 ft) high, and was built with thirty-two megaliths, the largest weighing about 180 tonnes (200 tons). After completion of the chamber (which probably served as a grave for the ruling families) and the path leading into the center, the stone structure was covered with soil and built up into the hill that can be seen today. When the grave was opened and examined in the 19th century, archaeologists found the skeletons of several hundred people inside.
In 2016, the dolmens of Menga, Viera, and El Romeral were all inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name "Antequera Dolmens Site".
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