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Dolmen of Lácara, Megalithic Art

Over 4,000 years of history attest to the importance of this burial site which has survived virtually intact to the present day

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  • Over 4,000 years of history attest to the importance of this burial site which has survived virtually intact to the present day

    Standing near the road from Nava de Santiago to Mérida, the dolmen of Lácara was declared a national monument in 1931. This megalithic site stands amid a picturesque landscape of dehesa pastureland, beneath the remains of a gigantic burial mound. Though not all of the site has survived, the dolmen de Lácara is still the largest on the Iberian Peninsula and without doubt one of the monumental treasures of Extremadura's rich heritage.

    There is a 20 metre-long passage that divides it into three parts. The passage leads to the burial chamber itself. The chamber is formed by five huge granite stones, each over 5 metres tall. It has a polygonal floor plan and is 5 metres in diameter.

    The majesty and size of the site reveal the huge task involved in building such places in the late Neolithic and early Copper Age. As well as a burial site, it was also a place of worship.

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