In addition to the Anta-chapel of Our Lady of Mount (**), Penedono has another place of great magical / religious attraction for your tourism - the Menhir Vale Maria Pais, surrounded by graves and anthropomorphic rocks imbricated, that seem to focus on each other “magical dimples”.
The Menhir Vale Maria Pais It was found in 1991 and found itself fragmented into two parts. It is a phallic monument, well with fond "fossetes”, the such Dimples and decorated with a representation solar radiated. It has three feet tall. The arrangement of motifs is assumed that originally spanned between 5 a 6 meters. This menhir is one of the most remarkable of our territory and, north of the Tagus river, is unrivaled. It's a magic stone in the landscape. And around this magical stone, a pure sample litolatria, other forms have appeared to experience transcendental: a possible sanctuary rock, Bronze age or even the age of the Iron and subsequently a necropolis with various rock graves, constructed somewhere between centuries VII and XII. All this space, bears resemblance to the Necropolis of St. Gens, in Celorico da Beira, because the rock graves are scattered around the Stone, like this for its unusual shape, was a magnet attraction from land-based and have a psicopômbica function to our ancestors since around it were built necropolis with anthropomorphic graves. And for its spectacularity, these stones are still a matter of attraction for tourists.
The menhirs were constructed and used by mankind between the Neolithic and Chalcolithic (Copper Age), Call the Megalithic Age and had a religious function (Votive) today enigmática.Quase sure that would be solar symbols, masculine attributes (There menhirs that are perfect stone phalluses in ejaculation) and exposed to life and air; collected in counterpoint to the female reproductive environment, materialized by tapir, households that were true of ritualized dead. Probably these "magic stones" would hypostases of the sacred, serving as a link between earth and sky, life and death, clarity and the darkness
Anthropomorphic graves associated with the Menhir Maria Valley Parents
But the post does not end here, because this environment also have cliffs with dozens of medieval anthropomorphic graves, some of them like true troughs similar to those of the larger rock sanctuary Panóias (***). There is also a monolith (altar?) with ill-defined steps and several rocks with magical dimples.
The municipality of Penedono (you have done a good job in the analysis and dissemination of its heritage) here should carry out a comprehensive study, that would not be very costly and could provide interesting results. The vegetation conceals more than what lets see; I can not forget that some of this vegetation are oaks…
The brain fog and ignorance prevent me from clarifying thought; I just know that I feel here more than rationalize (e logo eu, I HAVE to soul stark scientist), within the magic and the sacred Portugal Remarkable.
Additional Notes: two photographs were taken from the blog My Rails.