Galera

History.

Galera Museum

The museum charts the history of the first inhabitants in Europe living in this area. A tour of this historic village takes us back thousands of years. This fascinating museum is located in the former chapel of the Convent of the Sisters of Christ the King. Step back in time more than 4000 years and experience an archaeological tour from the Copper Age and Bronze Age to our recent past. See incredible historic artifacts including the partially mummified remains of the burial site of 121 Castellón Alto “The Mummy Galera” these are the oldest human remains of prehistoric man after “Ötzi, the the frozen mummy of  5000 years old that was discovered in the Alps in 1991.

Read the Archaeological research from the Bronze Age through to the Iberian Culture. We will see a replica of the “Goddess of Galera” alabaster sculpture depicting a goddess of fertility. The Roman age and medieval times are depicted and an amazing collection of coins, ceramics and everyday items of these times displayed. You can see how the wine was produced also the Alpha grass and hemp, which was used to create useful objects including shoes baskets and floor coverings.

Castillion Alto

The original settlement dates back to the Bronze Age and the Castillio Alto and gives us an amazing glimpse into life at this time. Located approximately one kilometre from the centre of Galera on the left bank of the Galera river and dates back to the late Bronze Age 1900 to 1600 BC. The site is located at the top of the hill with three natural terraces. On these terraces the rock is cut to create horizontal platforms where the dwellings are located. Between 80 and 100 people would have lived in the town and access is by stairways and narrow streets. The top of the highest terrace is separated from the rest of the town by a perimeter wall creating an acropolis zone where the elite of the town would have lived. Today it is partially reconstructed and we can discover the daily life in a village Argárico over 3500 years B.C

Necrópolis de Tútugi

Along the Cerro del Real is the Ibero-Roman city of Tútugi. This towns discovery dates back to 1914 when a woman in Galera had a dream in which it was prophesied she would find abundant and rich treasures in this place. Thereafter a search of treasures by the townsfolk the discovery of some of the tombs of the necropolis began. The tumular set Tútugi exceeds hundred graves spread over a large area divided into three zones. The variety of the tombs highlights the strong social stratification of the population. The richest graves introduced into their chambers gorgeous outfits in which the Greek ceramics red figures abound, lavishly decorated amphoras, boxes of stone, bronze vessels, items of jewellery and small sculptures of a quality as high as that of the famous alabaster figurine of a deity known as the Lady of Galera. Cerro del Real was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1931.

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The Negratín Reservoir/Lake

For a great family day out, Negratin Lake is wonderful and the largest of its kind in Andalusia, with a capacity of some 546Hm3. The surrounding landscape to this huge oasis is simply spectacular with its semi desert setting and many gullies. On the lake is ‘El Negratin Club Nautico (sailing club), where there are many water sports you can participate in including sailing, canoeing and fishing.

 

 

Historic Galera, Spain.