The construction work of one of the pipes in the irrigation distribution network in the Segarra-Garrigues system in 2007 revealed the astonishing remains of a megalith made up of a tomb with a central cist surrounded by a ring of stones driven into the ground; it dates from the middle of the first half of the 3rd millennium BCE.
The most outstanding element of this monument, however, is the sculpted decoration of the slabs which were part of the megalith and which corresponded to fragments of ancient statues reused from an previous megalithic sculptural monument.
The megalith of Els Reguers de Seró constitutes an unusual manifestation of the megalithic world, at the height of the most important and known sculptural ensembles of the European final Neolithic-calcolithic.
The Seró menhirs-sculptures are large anthropomorphic sculptures decorated with different sculpted motifs representing the costumes of the figurative characters (tunics, capes and mantles, belt, buckle...). Among the sculptural remains, are the fragments of probably the highest menhir-statue in Europe, with an estimated global height of approximately 7 meters.
Seró statues-menhirs have provided evidence of the existence of a regional sculptural group focusing on the lands of the Middle Segre and Solsonès. It is a unique and homogeneous set of sculptural representations, which include those from the Miracle and Llobera sanctuary, which share characteristics, codes and graphic motifs. This sculptural group is part of the phenomenon of the European anthropomorphic statuary in the Neolithic final-calcolithic that is developed between the end of the 4th and the 3rd millennium before our era.
The Seró statues-menhirs are the most exceptional and excellent example of anthropormorphic megalithic sculpture in the final Neolithic in Catalonia; they become true works of art from the Catalan and European prehistory.
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We start by understanding and reflecting on the means and constructive systems typical of the environment in which the building work is located, in a very prolific agricultural area at the foot of the Pre-Pyrenees, where inhabitants usually solve the most basic needs from a spontaneous attitude in relation to the conditions of the materials and their application. The project proposes a reflection on the essential properties of the most conventional materials in the world of construction, and its application as a finishing material. Without the need to "cover", materials that are normally hidden when they finish a work, here are reinterpreted from their properties, adapting them to the conditions required, and without losing their relation to the context, they are given a new meaning.
Inside, the wine space offers products of local cooperatives. Also a multipurpose room that alternates everyday use as a social centre, with the introduction to the contents of the close museum where every discovery is documented and the pieces of the megalithic trousseau of the tomb are shown... Finally we access to the room of the millennial stele... It is quadrangular spiral route with an almost unappreciable slope... we are surrounded by openwork ceramic pieces that let in the light, the air, the smells of the field pass, the fog... the light intensity is dying down, the ceramic pavement is disintegrating, and when we arrive at the chamber the zenith light focuses the glance on the engraved surface of each one of the stele... silence... the time slows down in a space of precise contemplation, in a horizontal plane of clay dust that shows the imprint that leaves when each visitor passes... calmly and in the opposite direction we initiate the exit without possibility of crossing with others... slowly, the light and the sounds are intensified, until the horizon of a wheat field comes to us and returns us to the characteristic agricultural sites of the region of La Noguera.
The Seró building won the FAD prize of architecture in 2013 and was one of the three works chosen to represent Catalonia at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014.
- Saturdays at 11am, 12am and 1pm and at 5pm and 6pm
- Sundays at 11am, 12am and 1pm
For weekday visits, please call one of these phone numbers:
- Seró. Espai transmissor +034 661 224 195
- La Noguera Museum 973 445 194 (from 8am to 3pm and from 6pm to 8pm)
- Artesa de Segre Town Council: +034 973 400 013 ext. 018 (from 9 to 2pm)
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C. Escoles, 2. SERÓ 25739 (La Noguera, Lleida)
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