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The Idol of Peña You

The Idol of Peña You

In search of the Bronze Age

The Idol of Peña You

In search of the Bronze Age

The idol of Peña Tú, tattooed forever in a mysterious rock that has provoked the religious feeling since always, is a cardinal point of the Bronze Age in Asturias. It is at this time that his transcendent journey begins, remaining as sacred place throughout the whole story.


The rock itself, which houses the Neolithic symbols, is a puzzle in itself. It is difficult not to suspect a megalithic intention, perhaps also of a divine origin. The most rational approach tells us that its profiles derive from a continuous wind erosion, but in any case it is profoundly captivating: an uncertain monolith in a flat and earthy mountain range, acting like a powerful magnet of millenary condition.

The central engraving that is exposed in this amazing limestone is the abstract image of an individual: the supposed idol, over a meter high and geometric outline. Of his anatomy, being conscientiously wrapped in supposed clothes, only the simple face built with two eyes and a nose can be seen.

It has a deep stroke and color pigments, just like the weapon, possibly a sword, which is next to the idol. With outline outline, on the side of the rock facing east, are discovered several little men that give the sensation of walking. One of them carries a large cane in his right hand.

All symbols that speak to us of hierarchies, fighters and battles; those of a tough man, limited in means of survival, who was heading the first stages of development of history in the council.

The ancestral wealth of Llanes has in Peña Tú a custom emblem. As said It belongs to the Bronze Age and presents one of the best preserved symbols of the time, with his paintings and engravings and, furthermore, with a good quantity of burial mounds in the closest surroundings of the flat mountain range of La Borbolla and its neighboring plateaus. The recent finding of a human burial near Peña Tú, in the Fuentenegrosu chasm, informs us of the human use of this area since ancient times. The skeleton is that of a woman who was buried in this place with a personal trousseau: two bronze bracelets. The Carbon-14 tests place these remains within the framework of the First Iron Age.

Interpretation room of Peña Tú

To safeguard this rich heritage, to continue studying it in depth and to disseminate it, a interpretation room of Peña Tú at the foot of the mountain range that the idol crowns. The classroom is planned as a walk through this ancient age, through which we will get to know the life of the ancient inhabitants of the region. Through explanatory panels, audiovisuals, and interactive touch screens that challenge us to play virtually in the reconstruction of their ways of life, the visitor is truly experiencing an exciting period.

As the architects intended, the most striking part is the one that is the highest. Illuminated as if it were an altar, presents the iconography of Peña Tú, with reproductions of the found prints and an audiovisual that shows them more in detail.

The classroom invites us to follow a path, the one that leads to the same idol. In the rock We also check the Christianization of the place and its representations through the superposition of crosses made by picketing the rock, with shapes that seem to date back to medieval times. The name "Cabeza del Gentil" for this monument, collected by Vega del Sella and Hernández Pacheco, the first researchers at Peña Tú at the beginning of the XNUMXth century, perfectly illustrates that persistent idea of ​​finding ourselves before a sacred place but inherited from paganism.

From the top of the mountain we also discover the majesty of the landscape. Down, the Purón river cuts the sierra in two. To the North we have the sea, to the South the mighty foothills of the Sierra de Cuera and the Dark Valley. And in front of us villages, hills and forests follow each other.

Information:

Address:
Puertas de Vidiago, s / n. 33597, Llanes

Contact phone number : 985 40 01 64 (Tourism Llanes)

How to get there:
The access is made from the N-634 road from which a road to the SO leaves, after a few 600 meters of travel, slightly ascending, it reaches the monument.

Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com


coordinates Latitude: 43.3964119 Length: -4.6907759 qualifying.

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