Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Avenue at Graça do Divor

Two stone paralel lines, in front of the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Graça do Divor: a feature of uncertain date and function.

The Chapel at sunset

The Avenue on its eastern end

The western bottom, on the ridge separating the hydrographic basins of the Tejo and Sado rivers (Pedro Alvim)

To the East of the Chapel, the Avenue is less preserved and shows a slightly different orientation

Around one Km to the South of the Chapel, rests of another stone lined avenue.

The ridge to the South of the Avenue

Monday, January 28, 2008

Aerial landscapes in Central Alentejo

Paço das Vinhas (Évora)

Dolmen of the Paço das Vinhas 2

The River Degebe, close to Paço das Vinhas

In the first plan, a prehistoric settlement, close to the dolmen Paço das Vinhas 2.
The granit outcrop has evidences of quarrying

Another prehistoric settlement in the left bank of the River Degebe
The same settlement site
A cup marked stone in the settlement
Detail of the cup marked stone

Aerial landscapes in Central Alentejo

Redondo (Monte do Cabido)

Flying close to Redondo, over an area with prehistoric settlements

Aerial landscapes in Central Alentejo

Crossroad to Torre de Coelheiros

The flat bare landscapes South of Evora

Aerial winter landscapes in Central Alentejo

Graça do Divor (Évora)

Grassland, green oaks and riparian trees

Lines in a rural landscape

more lines

The old railway changed into an eco-track connecting Évora to Graça do Divor (and further...)

The Cabeço dos Mouros settlement. It is a cyclopic building, from Early Roman times. It has been arranged for visits, and can be reached through the eco-track, taking a deviation to the West, not far from the Graça do Divor old railway station.

Aerial landscapes in Central Alentejo

Oliveirinha (Évora)

The only point where, if you drop water, it can flow to the rivers
Tejo, Sado or Guadiana... the most important rivers of the south of Portugal

On and around the outcrops on the first plan of the image, there is an Early Bronze Age settlement.

Just landscape with a pond

The Oliveirinha farm house. Behind it, there is a possible (though doubtful) standing stone.