Robert’s Wall (la pared de Roberto)

Robert's Wall (Pared de Roberto), La Palma
Robert’s Wall (Pared de Roberto)




This photo was taken from the viewpoint at Los Andennes, where you get a spectacular view into the Caldera.

From here you can see a dyke called La Pared de Roberto (Robert’s Wall). It’s about four metres high (13ft).

[Volcanic dykes are formed when moulten lava fills a crack in the rock and solidifies slowly into very hard rock called basalt. Later on the softer, surrounding rock is eroded away, leaving the harder basalt sticking out like a wall.]

The story is that Roberto was madly in love with a girl who lived the other side of the wall, and he couldn’t get through. Eventually the devil appeared to him and promised to carry Roberto’s body through in exchange for Roberto’s soul.

Roberto was daft enough to agree.

With a great flash of light, the devil blasted a hole through the dyke and left Roberto’s dead body on the far side. He’d already taken the soul.

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