Tholos of Nuraghe Is Paras
The Tholos of Nuraghe Is Paras is a unique structure located in the region of Sardinia, Italy. It is part of the larger Nuraghe Is Paras complex.
The Tholos of Nuraghe Is Paras is a unique structure located in the region of Sardinia, Italy. It is part of the larger Nuraghe Is Paras complex, which also includes a central tower and several smaller towers and structures.
The Tholos is a circular, beehive-shaped chamber that measures approximately 6 meters in diameter and 5 meters in height. It is made of large, irregularly-shaped blocks of basalt that are carefully fitted together without the use of mortar.
The interior of the Tholos features a corbelled dome, which is made of overlapping courses of basalt blocks that gradually decrease in size towards the top. The dome is supported by a central pillar, which is also made of basalt blocks and features a spiral staircase that leads to the top of the chamber.
The purpose of the Tholos is uncertain, although it is thought to have been used for religious or ceremonial purposes. The unique design and construction of the structure suggest that it was an important and highly symbolic building, and that it played a significant role in the social and cultural life of the Nuragic people who built it.