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Talaiot de s’Hospitalet Vell


The talaiotic settlement of s’Hospitalet Vell near Calas de Mallorca is probably one of the largest  pre-historic archaeological sites in Mallorca.

On this site we can find remnants from the pre-talaiotic era (approx. 1700 B. C.) as well as from the talaiotic period (1000 B. C. – 123 A. D.). Here, a talaiotic tower with a square form is almost completely conserved, being the only one in Mallorca – round or square – with large parts of its roof construction still in place (as can be seen in my photo).

For the benefit of the visitor, a robust gallery construction has recently been erected. We can climb up the steps and have a good look into the square tower from up above. Whilst I was pleased to take a view into the talaiot from the gallery, I was a bit nonplussed by this modern aid. Years ago, I had visited the site when no such gimmick was in place. On the Internet I found a photo of the site showing the square talaiot as it used to look a few years ago, courtesy of DigiDok/Flickr.


The map below was borrowed from the website Arqueotur. It shows six itinerary routes of the main talaiotic sites in Mallorca. Muchas gracias.


The photo was taken between Manacor and Portocolom, Mallorca, Spain. The date: February 4th, 2009. The time was 18:12:47.

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