Thursday, August 25, 2016

Virginia Island - Italy

The Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps is probably one of the hardest european UNESCO sites to get cards from. I'm really glad that I got this one from Italy. It was sent by Marina. 

Fotos: Armando Botelli * Museo Civico Archeologico di Villa Mirabello, Varese
On the western shore of Lake Varese, close to the shore of the town of Biandronno, there is the little island Virginia. It extends for 9200 meters and has a triangular shape. Owned by the municipality of Varese since 1962, thanks to the donation of the Marquis Gianfelice Ponti, the island is an archaeological and environmental site bound among the most important in Europe. 
It is one of the most important prehistoric lake dwellings whose wooden structures have been preserved over time because submerged by the waters of the lake and vegetation. Since 2011, in fact, the island is part of the list "Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps" UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the campaign of 2006, the remains were placed in their places of origin but have been realized a mold, which reproduces the collapse of part of closeup of a Neolithic structure, and some sections so that you can show to the public. - in:

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