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Stone virgin - Dölau
Stone virgin - Dölau
This is the second highest menhir of Germany. It is 5,5 m high, and must habe been higher, about 8 m, until the 18th century, when the tip broke down. This is, what Christian Keferstein reported 1846. There are smaller stones lying around which are these fragments.
The name comes from a tale of a virgin that abused food and was lithified for punishment.
Those grand menhirs (standing stones) are the famous ones in Germany. Especially the Gollenstein, which is the largest one of these. Noone is sure what they were meant for. Some must have had cult importance. Prehistoric chiselers work indicates a matriarchal meaning on the Fraubillenkreuz.
The christianization left its marks, see also on the Fraubillenkreuz, or the Saulheim menhir.

Town:6120 Dölau
Picture file name:imgp8069.jpg
Picture date:19.05.2005 16:34:00
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