Travel to Sardinia

Day 3 Basilica della Santissima Trinità di Saccargia (86 Km)

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(in 86 Km) We stop next to the main road connecting Olbia to Sassari to visit the Basilica della Santissima Trinità di Saccargia (Basilica of the Holy Trinity of Saccargia). It is the most important Romanesque church of the island. The construction is entirely in local stone of black basalt and white limestone, with a typical appearance of Tuscan Romanesque style.

Basilica della Santissima Trinità di Saccargia
Basilica della Santissima Trinità di Saccargia

The church was finished in 1116 over the ruins of a pre-existing monastery, and consecrated on October 5 of the same year. Its construction was ordered by the giudice (judge) of Torres. It was entrusted to Camaldolese monks who here founded an abbey. It was later enlarged in Pisane style, including the addition of the tall bell tower. The portico on the façade is also probably a late addition, and is attributed to workers from Lucca.

Basilica della Santissima Trinità di Saccargia
Basilica della Santissima Trinità di Saccargia

The plant has a single nave with a cruise over three apses. At the end of the twelfth century the central apse was painted by an unknown artist from Central Italy, whose work can be considered the only example in Sardinia Romanesque wall paintings preserved in excellent condition. The facade is preceded by a porch roof supported on seven arches that rest on on white columns with capitals that are decorated with four monstrous winged figures. The church was abandoned in the 16th century, until it was restored in the late nineteenth century and reopened in the early 20th century.


 

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