EspañolDeutsch Italiano
Image courtesy of Andreas Caliman - fuertescout.com - Tindaya Mountain - Fuerteventura

Tindaya

Podomorphs - click to enlarge
Tindaya Mountain - Podomorph carvings

The village and protected zone of Tindaya sits at the foot of the 401m mountain of the same name.

Tindaya was once regarded as a very religious place and the mountain was considered sacred. This can still be seentoday in more than 100 carvings of 'feet' (podomorphs) in the smooth rock. These strange carvings which sit at the very top of the mountain, were only recently discovered in 1978.
The feet are said to be there to ward off evil spirits. Click the image to the right to see an enlarged view.

On a clear day it's possible to see mount Teide the highest mountain / volcano on Tenerife from the top of Tindaya. Old inhabitants used to see mount Teide as the residence of the devil and all the carvings face in that direction.

The rock of the mountain (traquita) is very hard and defies erosion and when smoothed down and treated makes an attractive fascia. The stone can be seen today decorating the walls of Fuerteventura airport.

This small goat farming village was recently thrown into the limelight because of a project to build a 'gigantic cube' inside the Tindaya mountain. A contemporary Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida, intends to 'hollow out' the mountain. Chillada said he wished to create "a great space where we would feel smaller than what we think we are, and more tolerant to one another, a place of tolerance".

The project would also include a public park making Tindaya one of the islands major tourist attractions.
Of course, Chilladas plans have met strong opposition from local ecologists, archeologists, and grassroots groups determined to defend their environment, cultural values, and archeological sites. The debate continues.

Tindaya - Slide Show

Click the thumbnail boxes icon to reveal thumbnails.

 
Hide Thumbs First Previous Pause Next Last
Slideshow speed: 5 seconds
 
Move
Sign for Tindaya village
  • Sign for Tindaya village
    Sign for Tindaya village
  • Podomorphs
    Podomorphs in the mountain
  • Podomorphs
    Podomorphs
  • Podomorphs carved in the mountain
    Podomorphs carved in the mountain
  • Podomorphs carved in the mountain
    Podomorphs carved in the mountain
  • Tindaya mountain from a distance
    Tindaya mountain from a distance
  • Tindaya
    Tindaya arial shot
  • Tindaya
    Tindaya - promotional image
  • Tindaya
    Tindaya
  • Tindaya
    Tindaya
  • Tindaya overhead view
    Tindaya overhead view
  • The Tindaya project
    The Tindaya project

Sign for Tindaya village
 
 

Picasa's Tindaya Slideshow

Loading...


Write a Review of Tindaya !

Please click the 'recommend' button and leave a review.