Autumn Equinox Observance
Autumn Equinox – Sunrise and Sunset
Almendras, 15km SW of Evora, Portugal
The Cromlech of Almendres (Cromeleque dos Almendres) is a megalithic site that consists of 95 granite standing stones of which 92 form two circles. The smaller circle, which is the oldest, dates back to 6000 B.C and is considered the oldest megalithic circle in Europe. The bigger circle was built later; around 3000 B.C.The two circles have standing stones that have various alignments to the autumn equinox sunrise and sunset. From Almendres Cromlech, around equinox, one can watch the sun and the moon rising from the same point in the horizon.
Engravings of the moon and the sun as well as the solstice and equinoxes can be seen carved in some of the rocks.
In the third stage of use, around 3,000bc, many of the stones were repositioned to align with the moon, the sun and the stars. It is predicted that the site was used as an important religious site by a religion that had possessed an in-depth understanding of celestial motions and star alignments. (source: evora-portugal.com)
How to get there: You will need to drive to the location since no public transportation is available. Due to lack of public transport the site does not have many visitors, despite its significance. You can enter the site for free at any time. For more details you can visit evora-portugal.com.A Note About Visiting Ancient Sites:
Please be mindful and respectful of the ancient sites. Treat them with care as to not disturb them, damage them or remove anything from them. Help protect these incredible sites so that they can continue to stand the test of time.
Please note: this event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please contact the site organizers directly or visit their website if you would like more details about this event.