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A Mallorcan Stonehenge

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Mallorca is the proud home of plenty of prehistoric sites, numbering well over one thousand. Many of them have deteriorated into a pretty poor shape with their original form barely recognizable. Others are still in the process of slowly being excavated. If the sites have lasted for 3,000 to 4,000 years, why rush? About 100 sites or so are in a good state of preservation, and well worthy of a visit, such as Ses Païses, S’Hospitalet Vell, Son Fornés or Son Real, to name but a few.

Some of the Mallorcan prehistoric sites may have been places of rituals or worship. A Mallorcan Stonehenge was not amongst them as far as one can gather at this moment in time.

Two artists have created a work of art that is both, a tribute to the prehistoric eminence of this island and also, an homage to the enigmatic stone circle found at Stonehenge (UK). The artists are a married couple with the names of Ben Jakober and Yannick Vu; their stone circle is called Las Estelas del Sol, dating from 2007, and can be seen at the Fundació Yannick y Ben Jakober near Alcúdia. According to the artists, their installation is “inspired by the megaliths or stone circles, also known as cromlech. It is probable that they were astronomic alignments, used to celebrate rituals related to the cult of Mother Earth”. The work of art was assembled out of 12 obelisks that were found on the island, each weighing in excess of 9 tons; the overall dimensions of this magical stone circle are a diameter of 7,500 cm and a height of approx. 350 cm.

Ben Jakober / Yannick Vu, Estelas del Sol, 2007

You can admire this Mallorcan stone circle for free every Tuesday from 09h30 to 12h30 and 14h30 to 17h30, and some admiration would be justified. On other days (Wednesday to Saturday) entrance admission will be charged at 9 €.

The photo (top) was chosen from my archive. It was taken near Alcúdia, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 18th, 2008. The time was 14:20:54. The photo (bottom) was taken from the artists’ website. Thank you.

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