Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Chronicles from Alentejo | Piled Stones on the Southwest Coast of Portugal






You probably have heard about Cairns or seen pictures of piled stones featuring improbable balance constructions. The Gaelic term Cairn means a "mound of stones built as a memorial or landmark" and these piles that can easily be found in Celtic territories usually marked a path, indicating the way. Other cultures, like native Americans, used it to sign burying sites. Today you can find it almost anywhere as an expression of Man's willing to create and built, not only useful things but also beautiful features.

Recently I've visited some spots on the Portuguese Southwest Coast and at Vila Nova de Mil Fontes I've found this stone beach covered with hundreds of stone piles. The scenery is awesome and a truly photographers trap. If you're visiting Portugal, go there, take some photos, and build your own pile of stones!
























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