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Inventory: 10103
Menhir Osanna
Spongano (LE)
Object Type: Menhir
Staus: Present
Latitude: 40.01858
Longitude: 18.36911
Description: The monolith, leaning against the perimeter wall of a house, is situated on a crossroad. It appears to have been manipulated and placed on a step-shaped base of approximately 75cm, made of limestone and Lecce stone. It has never been considered as a Pietrafitta by experts. Surmounted by an iron cross, the capital seems to be entirely sculpted from the monolithic block. It appears well preserved, with well smoothed sides and marked corners.
Condition: VeryGood
Dimension: Altezza: m 2.16; Faccia Nord m 0.21 x Faccia Est m 0.33
Direction: Asse lungo Nord-Sud
Historical Notes: This monolith, together with the other two in Spongano, was not mentioned by De Giorgi or Palumbo. F. De Dominicis mentioned it in his treaty on the town. At the beginning of 1900 it was placed where it is today. In 1665, according to De Dominicis’s reports, it was situated in front of the actual tower of the clock, then Sedile (Seat). In 1607 it was transformed into an Osanna, as we can see from a date carved on the capital that surmounts it.
Legal Condition: Public authority (municipal).
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