In continuation of the story about the sights of the island, today BlogoItaliano will talk about the most interesting - those 5 that immediately come to mind when asked "What to see in Sardinia." Traditionally, we will move from the least interesting places to the top of an impromptu TOP, leaving the most interesting for a snack.
So, the Roman amphitheater in Cagliari, located on the border of the districts of Sant Avendrache and Castello, dates back to the I-II centuries of our era.
5.Amphitheater of Cagliari
From ordinary structures of this type, representing a large arena surrounded by places for spectators, Cagliari Amphitheater characterized in that the underground rooms and stairs are cut down in the rocks of the hill on which the building is located.
The rooms and stairs of the Cagliari Amphitheater are carved into the cliffs of the hill
Once in the amphitheater there were gladiatorial fights, hunting for wild animals, public executions, over time, buildings were used as a source of limestone for the construction of many city buildings, which caused irreparable damage to the structure. Around the middle of the XIX century, the building of the amphitheater passed into urban ownership and the ruin of the unique historical monument was stopped. The building was partially restored, and now it is used as an open summer platform for theater performances and concerts.
4. Caves From Zuddas
The mysterious caves of Zuddas are located in the southern part of the island, called Sulcis, near the town of Santadi. Fantastic dolomite caves with a length of 1650 meters are located in the bowels of the Monte Meana mountain, however, the tourist route is limited to 500 meters. Popular tourist route Caves of Zuddas became in the 70s of the last century, before the same grottoes were used as quarries in which limestone was mined.
The current entrance to the caves was excavated using an excavator in the 60s, there is also a natural entrance, but it is closed for security reasons. Dungeons From Zudas consist of several rooms, each of which amazes with its beauty and grandeur.
Fantastic caves of Zuddas are located in the bowels of Mount Monte Meana
The Cave of Flowers and the Eccentric Cave amaze with an abundance of needle and filamentous argonites, the clusters of which look like bizarre flowers of various shapes and colors. In the Theater Hall, the formation of stalactites and stalagmites formed a chandelier on the ceiling of huge sizes; in the Organ Hall, stalactites and stalagmites in the form of columns resemble the pipes of an ancient organ.
Be sure to add the caves of Zudas to the list of what to see in Sardinia absolutely necessary. Just do not forget about warm clothes - the air temperature in them does not exceed 16 degrees, regardless of the weather outside.
3. Mount Ortobene
In the north-east of the town of Nuoro is the most famous mountain of the island of Sardinia - Ortobene. Nearby residents chose the mountain as a place for picnics and walks in picturesque places, but it is not known at all for this. Ortobene glorified the seven-meter statue of Christ the Savior, crowning the top of the mountain. A two-ton bronze sculpture by sculptor Vincent Erache was installed at the beginning of the 20th century on the initiative of Pope Leo XIII; The Italian writer Grazia Deledda, born in Sardinia, took a considerable part in the creation. Across Italy, 19 such sculptures were installed, symbolizing the 19 centuries of the existence of Christianity.
It is believed that Jesus on Mount Ortobene has the ability to heal the sick
Thousands of pilgrims flock to the monument to Christ the Savior - it is believed that Jesus on Mount Ortoben has the ability to heal the sick, giving them health and strength.
If you ended up on an island in late summer, don’t think about what to see in Sardinia - and immediately go to Mount Ortobenebecause on August 29 there is a solemn festive mass in honor of Christ the Savior.
2. Cathedral of St. Mary
St. Mary's Cathedral located in the capital of Sardinia Cagliari - on the Palace Square in the historical part of the city. The cathedral is the seat of the archbishops and metropolitan Cagliari.
The building was built in several stages, which was reflected in the architectural style of the structure.
Cathedral of St. Mary (13th century)
In the XIII century, the construction of the temple in the Gothic style was started, after several centuries the building was expanded and supplemented with elements in the Baroque style, and at the beginning of the last century the facade was restored in the style of the leaning artists of Pisa. The building of the cathedral consists of three naves with side chapels, the arches of the central hall are decorated with paintings depicting the stages of the development of Christianity on the island, and the interior is covered with magnificent sculptures by famous masters of the 12th-16th centuries.
The first thing that tourists are advised in Sardinia is to go on an excursion to nurag valley. Nuragi is perhaps the main attraction of the island. These unique stone structures are found throughout Sardinia, but the main cluster of nurages is the village of Su Nuraxi di Barumini, located about 50 kilometers from Cagliari.
In Sardinia, there are about eight thousand nuraga
In Sardinia, there are several types of nuraga towers: some are high truncated cones, others are built in the form of a maze, others are mixed, have both a central tower and a network of corridors. Archaeologists and historians still argue about the purpose of the Nurags. It is believed that free-standing towers were used as observation towers, towers with a courtyard were probably the center of the settlement - the residence of the leader of the tribe was located in the tower, and general gatherings and prayers were held in the surrounding area.
Currently, there are about eight thousand nurags on the island, some of which are inscribed on the World Heritage List.