Statue Stele Lunigianesi Museum
The word unknown is frequently associated to the town of Pontremoli and to its castle, usually when talking about myths and legends; altough there’s one topic for which the word unknown does not rhymes with mistery and thats’s when talking about the people of stone ‘living’ inside the Piagnaro Castle.
They are the Stelae Statues, anthropomorphic paleoarcheological relics which origins are still partially unbeknownst. Their history goes back thousands of years ago and some of the most ancient ones date back to the bronze age – between the 3rd and 1st millennium b.C. These stelae are unique in the world.
How do they look like? Of which material are made? What are they trying to tell us? They are anthropomorphic figures made of standstone; the human body is stylised distinguishing the masculine and the feminine with weapons the first and breasts the latter while others are genderless; still is not clear wether if they do represent divinities, warriors or ‘simply’ human beings.
The first stelae was found in 1827 in Val di Vara and since then, dozens have been found. The Museum in Pontremoli – which have been renovated in 2015 – hosts the greatest collection of Stelae and while visiting it, it is not possible not the be mesmetized by their enigma and beauty.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana