The Basilica della SS. Trinità di Saccargia
"Saccargia, Sassari - Sardinia"
Sardinian mediaeval churches; the Basilica della SS. Trinità di Saccargia, in the province of Sassari. Built of alternate rows of horizontal white limestone and black basalt, this basilica is the earliest Sardinian monument in the style of the big Tuscan churches, in particular, in the style of the churches in Pisa. The judge Costantino I and his wife Marcusa, a very religious and popular woman, decided to build this beautiful basilica. According to legend, this decision was taken after they had received a grace (favour) from God. This basilica was solemnly consecrated in 1116. 11 years later the judge Costantino I died and was buried in the basilica. Marcusa was devastated and decided to leave for Sicily, where she founded a hospital. Then she pined slowly away, passing her last days in prayer and remembering her husband.