Nuraghe Orolo – Bortigali, Sardinia, Italy
Bortigali is a comune in the Province of Nuoro in the Italian region Sardinia.
The Nuraghe Orolo is an archaeological monument located in the territory of the municipality of Bortigali, at an altitude of 785 metres, from where a vast portion of the territory of central Sardinia can be observed.
It is a trilobate nuraghe that is particularly important because of its position, size and state of preservation.
The nuraghe is formed by a two-storey central tower and by a front body, added in later times, consisting of two minor towers.
The so-called keep is between 13 and 14 meters high and presents, in the base rows, an external masonry consisting of large blocks of trachyte roughly squared. The blocks become more regular and smaller in the upper part.
In the vast external area, about 2,000 square meters, traces of a dozen circular and rectangular structures are visible.
The nuraghe, or also nurhag in English, is the main type of ancient megalithic edifice found in Sardinia, developed during the Nuragic Age between 1900 and 730 B.C. Today it has come to be the symbol of Sardinia and its distinctive culture known as the Nuragic civilization.