When I came to Dolmen Chapel of the Lord of the Mountain the day was cold, cinzento and chuviscava. The desconsolação dominated the Badlands. It was the second time in necropolis of Our Lady of Mount, local inóspito, removed from current humanity, By now belong to Demo Lands, and that is a unique space in Lusitania remarkable.
The sepulcrário consists of six monuments of high scientific value; but what brings this reviewer is only symbolic and aesthetic value of Dolmen Chapel of Our Lady of Mount… and also an intimate moment.
The Dolmen Chapel of the Lord of the Mountain Have a polygonal chamber and a long corridor leading, whose height is decreasing in East-West direction. The placement of a granite pillar, the middle of the hallway and at the entrance of the chamber, well as the reduced dimensions of input mainstay of the corridor, demonstrate that the intention was to make it difficult to enter this monument. Maybe the camera just might be elected or close some of the deceased, watching the sun rise, waiting for his resurgence.
Deposit of votive character Dolmen Chapel of the Lord of the Mountain
Of great importance to study the in Portugal megalithism, Here was exhumed one votive deposit of collective nature, consisting of a ceramic container and a box as probable receptacle offerings. In rituals developed in the hallway foramen lit bonfires whose charred remains, allow dating the last moment from the tomb of use among 3260 a.C. and 2940 a.C. The tomb will have been built, used and sealed in a time interval of 300 years.
The tomb was the target of a violation in the Bronze Age. The effectiveness of the structures placed in the corridor prevented access of violators through the atrium. They then chose to remove part of the buttress North side of the aisle, using the space as grave and deposited where about four dozen ceramic vessels.
Many centuries later this sacred space remained, with the building of a chapel of indeterminate age (fifteenth century?) to emphasize the mystical and religious meaning that the monument already had. It is a rare case of dolmens Christianized in Portugal and arguably one of the most remarkable pair of Anta of Alcobertas (Rio Maior) (**).
The ecclesiastical decision that led to this reuse must have stemmed from the desire to Christianize the local pagan religiosity that, possibly still have some importance in the worship of local beliefs.
Previously described in the article on a Anta of the Quartz Arcainha the Side (*), one possible meaning for their existence
Avulsamente can still say that the camera tapir is the chapel of the temple, that the corridor is strangely behind the temple, that the floor of the church against a strange rectangular sink, I discover two pentagrams in derruídas stones, that just over 20 meters away from Tapir insight another rare type buccal, that this is finally a place truly unforgettable enigmatic ...!
Personal Note- The first and only time I was with her in a tapir, Fiais in the Tile (Carregal do Sal), find much mercy to everything, and disappeared, with some scare our; suddenly appeared in the Soul Hole, saying he had returned from the dead. The first time I came to Dolmen of Senhora do Monte, everything was very new and I cried like I never did in life, seeking their signs; these stones found nothing, but I am very, due to its improvement. It was my last attempt to get closer to a divine mist. The Chapel of Our Lady do Monte was finally abandoned for worship in 1914 the year of his birth.
Bibliography-Carvalho, M.S. Pedro e Gomes F.C.L. Louis (1995)- The Megalithic Necropolis of Our Lady of Mount (Penedono, Viseu), Magazine Prehistoric Studies 3. Centre for Prehistoric Studies Beira Alta, pp. 243-248
Other 4 tapirs chapels in Portugal:
-Anta-chapel of Alcobertas (Rio Maior) (**)
-Anta-Chapel Pavia (Blackberry) (*)
-Anta-chapel of St. Brissos (Montemor-o-Novo) (*)
-Anta-chapel of San Fausto da Lapa (Clod- Alcacer do Sal)