THE MYSTERIOUS PYRAMIDS OF GÜÍMAR
The Pyramids of Güímar, present in the village of Güímar on the east coast of the island of Tenerife, are characterized by 5 rectangular levels, similar to the pyramids created by the Maya and the Aztecs in Mexico.
The most accredited version believes that these are simple piles of stones found by farmers while they were in the fields and that they were simply stacked on the sides of them. This version is also confirmed by the stories of the locals and by old images that testify to the presence of points on the island. However, due to their uselessness, almost all of them were destroyed and the material obtained from them was used for the construction of various buildings. Of the 9 pyramids present in Güímar, only 6 have remained.
In 1991 the famous researcher Thor Heyerdahl, not convinced of this theory, analyzed the pyramids and became convinced that they could not be just random piles of stones. The boulders were in fact made of lava stone, worked and placed on a previously leveled ground. He also showed that the pyramids followed an astronomical orientation.
On the day of the summer solstice, from the platform of the highest pyramid, it is possible to admire a double sunset: the sun goes down behind the peak of a high mountain, goes beyond it, appears again, and then disappears behind the next mountain.
On the morning of the winter solstice, instead, climbing the stairway on the western side of the main pyramid, it is possible to follow exactly the rising sun.
Despite his research however, Heyerdahl was unable to establish the age of the pyramids, nor by whom they were built.
They could be the “large buildings” that according to Pliny the Elder characterized the Canary Islands, found uninhabited by the navigator Annone in 600 BC
To date, according to scholars, simple constructions with agricultural purposes remain, built during the nineteenth century.
Whatever the truth is, there remains the mysterious fascination of a perfect form that many peoples, in various parts of the world, have chosen for the realization of places with a high spiritual impact and that today we are able to admire.
The Pyramids of Güímar are part of an ethnological park and are open to the public.
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