Cave Paintings of the Sierra Hope-Lapa dos Gaivões (Arronches) (**)

The cave paintings outdoor Mountain of Hope in the county Arronches are the most significant for the Tourism in Portugal and particularly in the Alto Alentejo.
To find them just reach the village of Hope in Arronches because there are information boards.
Two 6 shelters decorated – Footwall of the Hawks (**), Lapa dos Louções, Lapa Moorish, Shelter Pinheiro Monteiro, Pego do Inferno and Chapel of Our Lady of Lapa (Alegrete) existing in the Serra da Esperança, which is at the southern limit of the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park (**) only the first is the common visitable tourist.
Under shelter in quartzite ridges are these panels of paintings made by Neolithic communities, Chalcolithic and Bronze Age. Are open to the solar incidence and were subject to different artistic expressions, where the combination of colors such as red, Laranja on e of flow, associated with natural roughness and rust shades of stone molded by different techniques, human representations, animals, astral and geometric.

In Lapa dos Gaivões discovered in 1916, framed by a beautiful natural setting can be observed:
-Animals, one human figure hunting with a bow or tie, accompanied by a canid Chasing various cervids; a small panel (perhaps the most photographed) representing a human heroificado helmet with horns, flanked by two anthropomorphic figures headless.
-If the animal paintings allow various interpretations even more mysterious are the panels where geometric representations occur; a panel such as a human figure that shows the associated headless 4 rows of 7 Vertical lines.
In Lapa dos Gaivões one feels an conotável ceremonial ambience with shamanic cults. All this set seems to treat yourself to an ancient shrine Neolithic, whose toponym Louções, name the saw locally acquired, refer to light, ie sacred manifestations, maybe I'm exaggerating, but what is certain is that this is all a great mystery surrounded by a magnificent and serene landscape.
I guess, in the near future, the creation of a Centre of Interpretation of these 6 cores of rock art and other "surprises" that may still emerge in this beautiful region, coordinated by Jorge Oliveira and with this we get with a text taken directly from the brochure Lapa dos Gaivões.

"Near 5 one thousand years separate us from the times when these enigmatic megaliths contemporary paintings here were performed. Cabe a si, tourist friend, contribute to this prehistoric sanctuary can continue to perpetuate posts, indecipherable by now that the first communities of farmers and shepherds wanted to project for the future ".

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