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Raphia Palm Monument, Mtunzini • Giant grove of Raphia Palm (Raphia Australis) trees.
• Planted in 1916 by the local magistrate, Mr C.C. Foxen from seeds he received from Pretoria.
• It is believed that the seeds were harvested from Lake Amanzimnyana, close to Kosi Bay and the border with Mozambique.
• The Director of Prisons, Jacob De Villiers Roos, believed the seeds to have been from another Raphia Palm species (Raphia vinifera).
• He wanted to seeds to be planted so that prisoners in South African gaols would be able to make their own brooms from the palm’s fibres. • 14 palm trees were growing by 1918 and the grove consisted of 46 palm trees by 1925.
• A section of the grove was destroyed by fire when a spark from a passing locomotive started a fire in the grove.
• Due to the spreading of the seeds by Vervet Monkeys and the Palm-nut Vultures, the grove expanded. The Vultures regularly nests in this grove making it one of the few places in South Africa to see them.
• Proclaimed to be a national natural monument in 1942.
• These trees can grow up to 25 meters in length. Leaves can grow up to 18 meters.
• Fruits take two years to mature and each tree can produce between 8000-10 000 fruits.
• The original palms started to produce seeds in 1943.
• After 25 years these palms will start to die off.
The King's Men stone circle, part of the Rollright Stones site, which spans nearly 2000 years of Neolithic and Bronze age development and each site dates from a different period.
The oldest, the Whispering Knights dolmen, is early Neolithic, circa 3,800-3,500 BC, the King's Men stone circle is late Neolithic, circa 2,500 BC; and the King Stone is early to middle Bronze Age, circa 1,500 BC. (Info from the website)
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Paestum (Italy), temple of Athena.
This is the only temple of Paestum (greek city Poseidonia) where we can be certain about the identity of the deity to which it was dedicated: Athena, the goddess of crafts and warfare. The temple of the patron goddess is situated at the highest point of the city, to the north of the public area which it overlooks. The first generation of colonists constructed a small building in honour of the goddess. In about 500 BC, a monumental temple was built which has been preserved until the cornice of the roof. The inner part, which is higher than the surrounding colonnade, was accessible through a large antechamber decorated with Ionic columns.
Paestum (Italia), tempio di Atena.
È l’unico tempio di Paestum (città greca Poseidonia) di cui sappiamo con certezza a quale divinità fosse dedicato: Atena, la dea dell’artigianato e della guerra. Posizionato sul punto più alto della città, a nord degli spazi pubblici, il tempio della dea protettrice e guerriera dominava l’area. Già la prima generazione di coloni costruì qui un piccolo edificio per la dea. Intorno al 500 a.C., si realizzò poi il monumentale tempio che si è conservato fino alla cornice del tetto. La parte interna, che è elevata rispetto al colonnato circostante, era accessibile attraverso un’ampia anticamera decorata con colonne ioniche.
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