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Nuraghe Piscu near Suelli (Sardinia)

Unfortunately I lost a crucial part of my tripod and before I get a replacement, there will be no more panorama photos from SARDARAMAS. Fortunately, and I hope you agree, I have still some other photos that I like to share with you. I call them screen savers as they fit nicely on a computer screen with aspect ratio of 1366 : 768 pixels. Sharing means also that you can download a larger copy for non-commercial use by left-clicking on the thumbnail below, then right-click the image on its new page and finally left-click ‘save image as.’.from the pop-up menu:

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Tempus De Brunzu


Spherical pano of the outside of Nuraghe Piscu

Scattered all over the island of Sardinia, one finds some 7000 remains of towers and even castles surrounded by villages that were constructed during the Bronze Age or ‘Tempus De Brunzu’. The ‘Nuraghe de su Piscu’ (‘nurra’ or  heap of stones of the bishop) is one of them, found along the road between the towns of Suelli and Mandas. This Megalithic structure is thought to have been build during the late Bronze Age (1500 – 1200 BC) and consists of a central conical tower with four smaller ones connected by walls and surrounded by a village of huts of which traces are still visible on aerials. Outside Nuraghe Piscu, it is the endemic perennial Magydaris pastinacea that rules these days. Continue reading

Temple Of Antas


Spherical panorama of the temple of Antas

When standing in a remote valley surrounded by densely forested mountains, while looking up to the ruins of the Temple of Antas, to mind come the words spoken by William Faulkner ‘s personage Gavin Stevens:“The past is never dead; it’s not even past”. Here, the father of the Sardinians (Sardus Pater) was worshiped more than 3000 years ago. The oldest written records of this prehistoric cult are by Timaeus Tauromenium (fourth century BC) also found in remnants of the Histories of Sallust (86 – 35 BC) who wrote: “Sardus, son of Hercules (the Punic divinity Melqart), together with a large multitude of men, coming from Libya in North Africa, occupied the island known as Ichnusa and gave it his name Sardinia”. Continue reading