Oriu de Chera

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Location: Chera
From Figari D859, after 5 km turn right D59, after Cancaraccia rigt towards Chera. From Porto-Vecchio D859 to Sotta, turn left on D959. Follow D59 to Canni, at the bus stop walk uphill on the left. 100 m/5 minutes walk uphill.
(41.5008361, 9.1944324)
Open: no restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SubterraneaOriu
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: not allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Oriu de Chera.
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Oriu de Chera is named after the village Chera where it is located. It is located under a characteristic rounded rock, which is easy to see, even from some distance. The site is not signposted, but if you keep your eyes open, you can see it from the main road.

This is one of the Oriu which was built under a boulder, into a tectonic cave. The wall is made of hewn natural stones without mortar. While the rock is accessible without restrictions, the cave house has a wooden door which is closed. So it is unfortunately not possible to see the inside. As far as we knoe there are no open hours, the site is private, but the owner does not intend to open it to the public.

According to Dorothy Carrington in her 1971 book Granite Island, this is the oriu of the Culioli, the guardian spirit of the village. The oriu was venerated in the songs of Ghjuva-Andria Culioli. According to a local legend, it is haunted by a phantom goat with iron hooves that can be heard clattering over the rock by night.