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Ste-Madeleine dolmen[800 x 600 jpg]
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|Description ||View from the NE.|
There are 8 sites on this dolmen at Google search. Choose the first one in the list and translate into English for a decent history.
| I took the pictures in 1993|
| What an amazing reconstruction. I'm afraid my googling didn't help find the history of this.|
| Try this URL for Ste-Madeleine Dolmen history :- http://charente.confolens.free.fr/confolens/confolens/saint_germain/saint_germain0760.html|
| Thare is a picture of this dolmen, albeit called 'Dolmen de la Chapelle' in Glyn Daniel's book 'Megaliths in History', Thames and Hudson, 1972. Then it was surrounded by vegetation and trees and looked more romantic and mysterious. His caption reads :"Tha capstone was fourteen and a half feet long by twelve foot broad by three and a half feet thick, supported by columns of Romanesque design with twelfth-century capitals. The site was originally a single simole rectangular chamber: each pillar was inserted separatelyunder the capstone and the site was translated into a Christian chapel. On the underside of the capstone you will find today two incised symbols - a cross and a hafted axe. Here indeed, in art and architecture, the elder faith and Christianity appear to be wedded."|
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