Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains

The Spanish National Heritage Council have decided after meeting in the capital of Gran Canaria, to put forward one of Gran Canaria’s most interesting archaeological finds for consideration as an UNESCO World Heritage site. The council, comprised of sixty representatives from the Ministry of Culture, units of Historical Heritage from the Policia Nacional and Guardia Civil, as well as representatives of the autonomous communities, have selected Risco Caído for it’s intriguing historical and archaeological value.

Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains were already once earlier submitted as a canditate for this is the preliminary step in the hope of final designation in 2019. Firstly, the Aboriginal landscape will be visited by inspectors from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria (las Montañas Sagradas de Gran Canaria), are part of the cultural legacy of pre-Hispanic island society. Risco Caído is a unique example of how the island’s ative aborigines managed to find a way to identify equinoxes and solstices as a tool to keep time and mark the seasons of the year utilising the sun’s rays.

This would be the first archaeological site in the Canary Islands to achieve this particular distinction.

Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria:
In 1996, the Risco Caído almogaren (aboriginal sanctuary) was discovered in the mountains of Gran Canaria. It is a unique and exceptional archaeological complex that appears to have been of great religious and astronomical significance to early settlers on the island.

The site is in the central region that extends across the municipalities of Artenara, Agaete, Galdar and Tejeda, presided over by the impressive volcanic crater “La Caldera de Tejeda”.

The area includes the Caldera and a substantial part of the Tamadaba Nature Reserve. Located within the Tamadaba reserve are “Parajes de Tirma”, another of the sacred sites of the island’s most ancient inhabitants, and Guayedra, Fernando de Guanarteme’s official residence, born Tenesor Semidan he was the last known king of Gran Canaria.

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