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Day 3 Olbia (16 Km)

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(in 16 Km) Olbia is the largest city in the northeast of the island in Emerald Coast. Although the city has many attractions including the remains of the Roman aqueduct, the walls and some archaeological sites of the Nuraghic era located on the outskirts, due to time constraints we only visited two churches. The first is the Chiesa di San Paolo Apostolo, which was probably built in the late Middle Ages, but was remodeled in the eighteenth century.

Olbia - Church of San Paolo Apostolo
Olbia - Church oj San Paolo Apostolo

The outside of the church is remarkable for its colorful majolica dome, which dates back to the mid-twentieth century, and the local granite facade. Originally the building was rectangular, with three chapels on each side, but in 1939 was enlarged. There are many works of art within the church, many of them of silver, and the wooden pulpit and choir of XVIII century. The church is decorated with many frescoes on the ceiling of the vault, in the side walls and the small chapels with statues and decorations.

Olbia - Cathedral of San Simplicio
Olbia - Cathedral of San Simplicio

The Basilica of San Simplicio was built in the late 11th century on a short hill, once located outside the city´s walls. The church has a façade divided into three parts by two fake columns, with a central triple mullioned window with marble columns; the small bell tower on the right is in Spanish style. The interior, showing the granite construction of the basilica, is on a nave and two aisles divided by columns and piers.

Olbia - Cathedral of San Simplicio
Olbia - Cathedral of San Simplicio

In the middle of the apse are two ruined frescoes, depicting St. Simplicius and Victor of Fausania. Under the altar are the relics of Simplicius discovered in 1614 while excavating the church´s crypt.


 

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