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Filitosa, Corsica
28-APR-2009 marie-jose wolff

Filitosa, Corsica

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Because of the concentration of statue-menhirs this is unarguably one of the major sites of Corsican Prehistory. Filitosa offers an incomparable collection of megalithic monuments, real sculptures most often in anthropomorphic (human) form, which bear witness to the great civilisations which flourished on the island before our era, and which evoke still mysterious religious rites.

Questions remain about the significance of the menhirs and statue-menhirs. Were the first Neolithic monoliths phallic symbols erected by peasants in the hope of fertilising the earth? Or were they funeral monuments representing the Shardane warrior chiefs, shady figures seen overwhelmed in images engraved on the Medinet-Abu temple in Egypt?

The stonemasons, the megalithic sculptors have made this place the greatest centre of statuary art in Corsica and one of the most important in the Mediterranean. Filitosa holds half of all the arms-bearing statue-menhirs counted in Corsica, and close to a third of Corsican statues.

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Julie Queybronac (Bryline)12-Jun-2009 08:43
... Ile de Corse ou île de Pâques ?! Superbe rencontre en tous les cas !
CM Kwan28-May-2009 09:47
A wonderful picture with excellent details, MJ! For for sharing the background information! V
marko gregoric27-May-2009 12:57
Very nice place and very good shot. V.
Carol Breton27-May-2009 12:39
Excellent capture and information. ~
Ali Majdfar27-May-2009 10:22
Great capture, ~V
Gérard Koehl27-May-2009 04:34
Superbe... V
globalgadabout27-May-2009 02:40
wonderful, clean shot of this fantastic place..evocative of an earlier era...V
Marcia Colelli27-May-2009 01:22
very nice and interesting capture V
pr_rajan27-May-2009 00:55
Monique Laguë27-May-2009 00:13
Excellente composition et merci pour les informations.
Sofia Solomennikova26-May-2009 21:38
Great capture and interesting info, V
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