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Setenil de las Bodegas

Setenil de las Bodegas

Named after its once flourishing wineries - bodegas - Setenil is probably unique among the pueblos blancos, white villages, of Andalucia. Where most pueblos blancos were built on protective bluffs and pinnacles, this town grew out of a network of caves in the cliffs above the rio Trejo north-west of Ronda. Its blinding white houses seem to emerge from the rocks, and some have rock roofs and even olive groves on their roofs.
There has been a human settlement here since at least the Arabic Almohad period in the twelfth century. Given the evidence of other nearby cave-dwelling societies, such as those at the Cueva de la Pileta west of Ronda, where habitation has been tracked back more than 25,000 years, it is possible that Setenil was occupied much much earlier. Most evidence of this would have been erased in its continued habitation. It was certainly occupied during the Roman invasion of the region in the first century AD.

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Ron LaCroix05-Jun-2013 09:48
Your commentary really puts this place into historical context. It's a very interesting place, for sure!
Guest 23-Mar-2013 20:27
Love that country 💗
Lieve Snellings18-Feb-2013 14:44
Wow this is impressive... V
clickA SF09-Feb-2013 16:12
Amazing capture and info! Vote
Bobby Mikulski14-Jan-2013 17:57
Very unusual place,thanks for sharing photo and information.V
Denise J T Lee17-Dec-2012 14:17
Whether these houses seem like emerging from the rocks, like you said, or the rocks seem like emerging from the rooftops, it's an incredible shot !
Fabienne14-Dec-2012 18:15
Ces maisons imbriquées dans les rochers sont fantastiques, on voit que l'homme sait s'adapter à son environnement.
Superbe image.
Range View 13-Dec-2012 21:31
This is astonishing Jose. Thank you for showing us this unique place. V
irena12-Dec-2012 12:23
Wonderful place, very interesting,how can people use the nature. V
Jaris18-Nov-2012 15:38
Oh my God! Unbelievable!
Jin Wu13-Nov-2012 03:33
looks scaring! What a nice work!
Barry Moore12-Nov-2012 06:37
Wow, a amazing place to visit one day. ~V~
Dawn06-Nov-2012 14:28
So very interesting...beautifully done.
Chris Spracklen31-Oct-2012 22:11
I remember it well, Jose.
A fine shot of this unique row of little shops. *V*
George McCarten30-Oct-2012 02:01
This housing-into-rock-face is intriguing
Ria de Nijs29-Oct-2012 08:24
Impressive! v
Jim & Josefina28-Oct-2012 05:47
I wish we have time to see this !... Josefina
Mark Chambers26-Oct-2012 18:32
What an interesting place. V
Buba Jafarli26-Oct-2012 18:14
Such a cool place! And the photo is great too! V.
Nirvan Hope26-Oct-2012 16:52
Wonderful view of this unique place - I enjoyed the information also
Nestor26-Oct-2012 16:25
Amazing scene, you composed it perfectly.
Walter O. Koenig26-Oct-2012 15:35
Great shot of this fascinating place. Very well documented. "V"
Santi Bravo Figueras26-Oct-2012 15:35
Wow! Quina impressió!
Mildred Alpern26-Oct-2012 14:16
Amazing is the understatement of the year!
Norman Richard26-Oct-2012 13:09
Amazing and scary. Great shot and historical note. V
Fletcher Wildlife Garden26-Oct-2012 13:01
This is absolutely astonishing!! I am so glad you posted a photo of this amazing place. Thank you also for the information. V
Jim Coffman26-Oct-2012 12:56
Wow,it is built into the rock! Vert nice capture..
CM Kwan26-Oct-2012 12:34
Very nice capture of this amazing structure, Jose! V
Ceya26-Oct-2012 12:32
A fascinating - and at the same time a bit frightening - scene! It looks like the rock is crushing the house (what it really doesn't do!). Gives a good shelter against the rain! :) Interesting combination. V
John G Reed26-Oct-2012 12:20
Fotobug said it first. Best J
Carl H. Johnson26-Oct-2012 10:21
This is unique!!!~V~
Yvonne26-Oct-2012 09:16
One wouldn't want an earth tremor to occur! What an amazing place! v
Tom LeRoy26-Oct-2012 08:06
A fascinating place, well captured. Interesting information. V
Colin Dixon26-Oct-2012 07:24
Amazing place V
ac26-Oct-2012 06:56
Stunning !
Frank Tran26-Oct-2012 05:29
Excellent shot and interesting background info. V+
John Reynolds26-Oct-2012 05:14
Interesting place. Well captured. V.
Christy VB26-Oct-2012 05:04
How interesting! What a unique place! Great background.
Brian with an Eye26-Oct-2012 04:50
Amazing to see! Thanks for sharing, and for the background info.
Gérard Koehl26-Oct-2012 04:40
Superbe endroit. V
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad26-Oct-2012 04:26
A remarkable place and well documented. Voted
hge5426-Oct-2012 04:11
Beautiful. I would not want to be there during an earthquake.V
fotabug26-Oct-2012 03:29
Amazing! And interesting!
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