The ‘I Casteddi’ Menhir at Tavera, guardian of time

statue menhir de Tavera Loic ColonnaThis statue menhir ‘I Casteddi’ can be found in the municipality of Tavera (about 33k just outside of Ajaccio), and situated at the Tagliafarro pass, at around 1000m in altitude, and just below a medieval castle. Remaining in a good state of preservation, and with a length of 2.42m, it was classified ‘historical monument’ at the end of 2011.

Discovered in 1961, by Pierre Lamotte during explorations in the valley at that time.

One can notice remarkable sculptured details, which add to the value of this particular statue; dating from the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age, thus emphasising prehistoric presence once again. In this area, shepherds say it has the power to grow grass and preserve beautiful green meadows and pastures.

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