Travel back in time at the Naveta Des Tudons
The Naveta des Tudons…
When you think about visiting Menorca, things like its incredible beaches, its pleasant climate or its delicious cuisine will surely come to mind, but its history and monuments will surprise you.
If you are passionate about history and construction, rent a car with us to enjoy the Naveta Des Tudons, the oldest fully preserved funeral building in Europe.
What is the history of this intriguing building?
A naveta is a construction on the Island of Menorca that owes its name to the design it has, since it’s shape is similar to a ship turned upside down. The navetas are one of the oldest funerary monuments that have been preserved today, since they date from approximately 1000 BC, being one of the greatest exponents of the culture that took place in the Balearic Islands during the Bronze Age and the Iron Age and is known as “Talayotic culture.”
The Naveta des Tudons
This historic monument is built exclusively with embedded stones without using any type of cement, and served as a collective tomb during the period in which it was built. In the middle of the 20th century this monument was discovered, during the excavations the remains of at least 100 people and some objects such as bracelets, bone buttons or ceramic utensils and decorations were found, among others.
This wonderful construction has been part of Menorcan folklore and even has its own legends “The legend of Sa Naveta des Tudons and the pou de sa Barrina” which tells the story of two giants who disputed the love of a maiden. It’s for all that this monument represents that it is without a doubt a must-see if you spend a few days visiting this beautiful island.
Where can you find this amazing monument?
The Naveta des Tudons is just a 5-minute drive from Ciudadela on the Mahon – Ciudadela road. The oldest building in Europe can be found taking the C-721 road from Ciutadella towards Ferreries.