N370, Pavia, Alentejo, Portugal.
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53' 39,08'' N, 8º 1' 1,51'' W.
São Dinis, Pavia:
This Christianised Dolmen is the largest of
a cluster of at least four dolmens, in and around the tiny
village of Pavia (20km North of Arraiolos on the N370).
(The Chapel was added in the 17th century).
While it is probable that village itself was
built around the dolmen, the Nearby 'Cafe Dolmen' could well have come
the area - how to get there)
São Dinis Anta and Chapel is classified as a National Monument.
probably erected between the 4th and 3rd millennium B.C., and constitutes
nowadays one of the most important megalithic monuments in Portuguese
It is formed of granite stones
and measures around 4,30 meters in diameter and 3,30 meters high.
The Anta was
transformed into a Chapel during the religious 17th century, as was the
nearby Anta/Chapel of São Brissos, nearby Montemor-o-Novo. (Thankfully not
painted the same though...)
Other Dolmen Around Pavia:
Approximately 1 km from Pavia along the N251 (on Private land), is the
following collapsing Dolmen. There are at least three others immediate to
A beautiful dolmen, but...
...it looks a bit tired from this angle.
Look out for the dolmen just outside of town in line with the 'Strada de Sol'
'Sun street' .