The pyramids of Egypt were also built stargazing, but there are very few such examples in Europe. (Photo: Antiquity)
Sicily: An artificial lake discovered in Italy in 1920 is called a “sacred pond”, built two and a half thousand years ago, taking into account the directions and alignment of the stars.
It should be noted that the same is said about the pyramids of Egypt that they were built in line with the stars. However, such examples are rare in Europe.
The artificial lake (which new research has proven to be a sacred pond) was part of the ancient city of Mutia on the island of San Bentello in western Sicily.
The Pearl was the main city of the Phoenician Empire 2500 years ago, which also had the status of a port.
For nearly 100 years after the discovery, it was believed to be an artificial lake connected to the Motea harbor for boats and small ships.
Ten years of new research showed that this idea was wrong and that it was not an artificial lake.
In turn, it was a large and sacred pond with a statue of a deity called Baal.
The research journal “Antiquity” published by Cambridge University Press. Latest issues Research published in I shows that the statue was built on a square stone in the middle of the pond.
Over time, the statue fell into disrepair, but its footprints can still be seen today.
The pool is now larger than the Olympic pool, which was supplied with water from a nearby spring.
Large drains from the pond, formerly considered channels, were used to drain the water and carry it to the sea.
Above all, the pool turns out to be specially designed with star trends and their order in mind.
On certain nights of the year, a group of stars appears almost above the pond (on the head of the god Baal), and its reflection can be seen in its clear waters.
Despite all these discoveries, it remains to be seen whether religious rites were held here on such occasions.
Suppose some religious rites were performed here when the stars were lined up, what is their nature? More excavations and research in this area are needed to find out.
These and other similar investigations show that in ancient times the directions and positions of the stars were of particular interest, which we are only just beginning to discover.