Nuraghe Palmavera

Alghero, Italy

The nuraghe Palmavera is classified as a complex nuraghe, that consists of several towers joined together. The nuraghe and the surrounding village were built in various phase during the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.

The main tower dates back to the first phase (15th-14th century BC) and retains the central chamber covered with the tholos and built with stones in limestone. The tower is archaic, with the entrance free of side passages and with the niches just sketched in the walls of the main chamber. There must have been also some huts outside the nuraghe.

In the second phase (first half of the ninth century BC) was added a second tower and restored the previous tower with blocks of sandstone. The two towers communicated through an interior courtyard and a corridor with niches.

It was also built the meeting hut, equipped with a stone seat that runs along the perimeter, interrupted by a tank made of stone slabs, of unknown function, and a round stone seat for the chief, standing next to a niche in the wall. At the center of the hut, on a circular altar, it is present a model of a nuragic tower in sandstone. In this period were also built other huts in the village of higher dimension.

In the third phase (9th-8th century BC), the nuraghe was restored again with blocks of limestone and around it was built an exterior wall with four towers-huts, forming two outer courts, divided by a wall with no openings. In one of these courts it was inserted the meeting hut, in the other has been identified a silo.

The village was destroyed by fire, probably at the end of the eighth century BC and was later sporadically attended in Punic and Roman times, as witnessed by some pottery found.



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Founded: 1400-1300 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Viktorija Veltmane (7 months ago)
Interesting landmark. Lots of explanations and visuals. We spent good 30 minutes exploring the area.
Madlen Karlíková (11 months ago)
Nice place to visit in Sardinia if you are interested in history. You can go there by car - there is a parking or from Alghero you can ride by a bike. You will maily ride along the bicycle path or on quit roads, it was beautiful. The Nuraghe was also beatiful, there are some interesting information about it. You can go at the top of the nuraghe and see the whole complex. You can also buy there some souvenirs, food and drinks.
Grzegorz Lipka (11 months ago)
Nice place, but there might be more information inside.
Gabi S (12 months ago)
The Nuragic civilization was a Sardinian indigenous population who lived on the Island from the Bronze Age (ca. 2300 BC) up until the late Roman era (ca. 6th century AD), in certain areas. They take their name from the unique buildings they used to live in, called Nuraghe: there are about 8000 Nuraghe scattered around Sardinia, all in different stages of conservation. Nuraghe Palmavera is a well-kept Nuragic complex, with some unique features that make it a place of great archeological interest. The main building shows traces of being built during different eras, further proving the fact that the Nuragics weren’t a static civilization.
Bastian Alpha (18 months ago)
Stunning! Very historical and we were quite impressed of how the structures are still in good shape, it’s definitely one stop to make if you come to Alghero, person in charge was also a really nice person.
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