The main tower and a secondary tower of Nuraghe Oes contain a single room, which was once divided into three spaces with wooden garrets supported by recesses, attached thanks to holes made in the walls.

Dating back to a period between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age (9th-6th century BC), the Oes is a majestic work of Nuragic architecture, built using well-finished basalt rocks. The main building consists of a tower (keep) with three floors and a truncated cone shape that ‘falls’ on all sides with a uniform slope. It is made up of 29 rows of stones. It is 16 metres tall and has a diameter of 11 and a half metres, making it the largest Nuragic building found so far. It once had a tholos vault (false dome). Against it, there is a bilobed bastion, with a perimeter of 50 metres, on two levels and with two entrances, that encloses a courtyard and two secondary towers. One of these is well-preserved. The overall complex measures 425 square metres and also includes a sacred area, with a fence (temenos) that has a vaguely hexagonal shape and a little megaron temple, the remains of a Tomb of Giants, of which you will notice the stele resting on the ground, a vast residential settlement of circular and oval huts. Their type is uncertain (perhaps cisterns and a second little temple). Between the sacred area and the Nuraghe, twenty rocks laid on edge and fixed in the ground resemble a megalithic circle.



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Giave, Italy
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Founded: 800-500 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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MARIANO DEVERS (13 months ago)
Superb, even if neglected by the administration with the grass and brambles on the access road preventing access
Layledda (20 months ago)
Unmanaged and freely visited site. You can leave the car a few hundred meters away and then continue on foot along the river. The similarity with Santu Antine is evident although this is more modest in several respects. The well in the courtyard is blocked or perhaps no longer active. The whole internal part is collapsed, it is not possible to access even the lower chamber. Someone left a small wooden staircase in order to go up which I do not recommend using because it is too short and unreliable. Relying on legs, arms and hands we entered with some difficulty upstairs to find that it was only possible to access the stairs. Through these you can get to the top and walk the perimeter. In the center an immense pile of stones on which a fig tree has grown. We tried to go down to the lower floor but it is impossible to reach the room, the collapses are too large and the staircase ends up being buried.
costanza pisanu (2 years ago)
In a marvelous setting, with notes of barrel organ music and launeddas, the bright colors of beautiful costumes, visitors have experienced a couple of hours, immersed nostalgic atmosphere of days gone by. Beautiful event.
UBALDO Dicenso (2 years ago)
It is a historical place that recalls an older Roman civilization, too bad it's put there and that's it. No guide, no keeper
Roger Axon (2 years ago)
An interesting Nuraghe tower. Well worth the walk to it.
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