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This place belongs to the group:
ARCHEO ASTRONOMY

 
LA THUILE (AO) - SAINT BERNARD
THE CIRCLE OF HANNIBAL AND THE EYE OF JUPITER



Article and photos by Isabella Dalla Vecchia - info@mysteriousplaces.it
Traduction by Ilaria La Porta - laportailaria@virgilio.it

(We thank Ilaria La Porta for the translation of articles on this site from the official italian site www.luoghimisteriosi.it)

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The Circle of Hannibal
The eye of Jupiter

The circle of Hannibal

Exactly on the watershed between the Isere and Dora Baltea rivers, there is the Circle of Hannibal (so named because it is said he passed by there), one of the rare "Cromlech" or megalithic circles in the Italian mainland (in Sardinia, we have a large presence of dolmens and megalithic alignments). We have the presence of 46 dolmens distributed on an ellipse measuring 84 x 72 meters (interesting the repeat of the multiple of 12).


This photo by http://www.popobawa.it/itinerari/valdaosta/index.htm

This place goes back almost certainly to the pre-Celtic age (3000 BC) and it was used as a temple and an astronomical observatory.

One of the stones of the circle is very large and is supported by another rock, whose arrangement is not random, in fact it was possible to observe sunrise during the summer solstice, a practice much in vogue among the Celtic rituals.

Saint Bernard – The eye of Jupiter

Near the circle of Hannibal, still on the pitch of S. Bernard, nearby a hotel and  the French customs can be found an isolated  4-meter-high column called the Jupiter column, name given because it was believed it had been built by the Romans due to the proximity of the temple of Jupiter. Instead the column is almost certainly much older, dedicated to the Celtic god Penn (hence the name of the Pennine Alps). On its top today there is the statue of Saint Bernard, but once there was a huge red crystal, called "Eye of Jupiter" or "Eye of fire." It is said that the stone was visible even very far away and scared the locals, Christians, who considered it  the eye of the devil, so much to ask to Saint Bernard protection, and therefore the statue replaced the stone which disappeared.

Here is a section of a popular legend of the place: "This column was a work of great artistry and on its capital, many centuries later, someone called Polycarpo, a opulent man had embed a large Pyrope, which the villagers called Eye of Jupiter. To these with envious emulation of a snake, the devil had suggested that held all manner by disease, would be those children who had set eyes on that anthrax, adding if you keep wrapped in clouds that heavenly gem, why do not you disclose the mystery "

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ARCHEO ASTRONOMY

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Valle D'Aosta

Article and photos by Isabella Dalla Vecchia - info@mysteriousplaces.it
Traduction by Ilaria La Porta - laportailaria@virgilio.it



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