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Brief history of Ibiza (1st part)
The Phoenicians and their affairs

(by Pablo Burgués)

Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Christians, Pocholo and David Guetta have ruled over Ibiza throughout its history. Its privileged geographical situation, halfway between Africa and Europe, soon turned it into a strategic target for the main Ancient civilizations. Little by little the island began to be considered as a sort of Pau Gasol at Mediterranean conquests, a perfect power forward from which the game could be organized (and the slaps could be clocked) towards the diverse towns located on the African and European coasts.  

The first team that had the services of this “Rookie of the Year of the Western Mediterranean” were the Phoenicians. These gentlemen, native of the area of the Lebanon (or somewhere there) have been consigned to history as the inventors of sea trade, the alphabet and the concept of fuckingsupervillainfrontofthesea. As an example of this last point we have the ruins on the cliffs of the heavenly beach of Sa Caleta, that circa the VII century B.C. were an exclusive and eco-friendly Phoenician village.

Apparently the place was abandoned around 645 B.C., when their inhabitants, fed up with the fact of living isolated and forced to take the horse even when they just had to buy bread, decided to move some kilometres to the East, where they founded the rowdy and lively city of Ibosim (current Ibiza). 

Another nice issue regarding the Phoenicians was the necropolis of Puig des Molins, declared as part of UNESCO World Heritage in 1999, together with the site of Sa Caleta. Yes, I know what you’re thinking about, that these guys from UNESCO are lately becoming crazy regarding this prize issue, and at this rate soon there’ll be in the world more sites part of the World Heritage than sites that are not. However, I testify to the fact that in this case the place deserves this award.

 

It is an impressive mountain/Gruyere cheese completely full of holes due to more than 4.000 small (and not so small) caves hand-carved into the rock. Inside them, the Phoenicians and later the Carthaginians and the Romans buried their dead ones for more than ten centuries (a thousand years for Humanities students). So, if you really like things such as sarcophagus, Gods figures, sacred animals and other gadgets related to the ancient world and the beyond, don’t doubt about visiting Puig des Molins because you’ll have great fun.

 

The next people who turned Ibiza into their operation centre were the Carthaginians, some guys who were not so cultured as the Phoenicians but, to be honest, they got into a scrap in such a charming way that it was great to watch how they invaded all around. But I’ll tell you about all this and much more next week, here, in the possibly funniest and surely less truthful blog on the Pitiusan islands.

 

To be continued…

 

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Translation: Dora Sales

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