Hidden among forests we find this breathtaking enclave of archeology pitiusa dedicated to the goddess Tanit, linked to fertility and fortune
A few kilometers from San Vicente Creek is the Punic sanctuary is Culleram, a cave located on the farm Can Quintals that about a hundred meters above sea level rises. Hidden among forests we find this breathtaking enclave of archeology pitiusa dedicated to the goddess Tanit, linked to fertility and fortune. It is known sanctuary from the Archaeological Society Ebusitana discovered in 1907, when some 600 terracotta figures, more than a thousand heads of other and different materials, like a lion bone and other ivory were found. In addition, archaeologists found the most important object, a plaque with a double Punic inscription reads: "To sir, Resef-Melkart, this sanctuary has done, dedicated and repaired this stone wall carved Abdeshmun son of Azarbaal, the priest, to our lady, to Tanit the powerful and to Gad, on their own ".
And it is that the Punic this cave became its most important place of worship in Ibiza, between the V and II centuries B.C., where believers came across the island to make offerings. The temple was perfectly organized and had a body priests, who moved to it during times of celebration rituals. In addition, the sanctuary was divided into three zones: the first was a courtyard open pit with an altar where rites and animal sacrifices were held, their inedible parts were burned, as the head, feet, viscera and even the blood. The central part of the cave housed the goddess, who may even be a united to a stalactite estalacmita. The third area would be the deepest, in which the botrhos (sacred deposit which were piling up the remains of the sacrificial offerings) was. These offerings consisted divine, in most cases figures represent the bust of the goddess Tanit alado- covered with a shawl. Many experts say the shrine is Culleram should be an international sanctuary, well connected to the sea through the port of sa Cala. This tempo was abandoned in the second century AD, possibly due to the natural collapse of the first big room.
SCHEDULE From April to October Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00
HOW TO GET Sant Joan part of a winding road leading to the village of Sant Vicent (6 km.). Following the same road, 900 meters ahead, you will see an exit on the left with an indication of the cave. Step up and after a succession of curves and short straight find a clear to park. Then follow on foot along a path, down a section of hill, after 15 minutes, the cave is reached