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    The Tower of the Elephant

    by Paisleypaul Written Feb 7, 2015

    Up in the Castello district you can come in from the Largo Carlo Felice side or through the Bastion San Remy. It's a tower alright - with a very, vey small insignificant elephant attached low down !

    So - no spectacular elephant thing happening, but together with thw Tower of San Pancrazio / Saint Pancreas, this was one of the twin towers by architect Giovanni Capula from the first decade of the 1300s. The two are are the only extant towers marking the entrances to the Pisan walled city.

    Built with ashlar of Bonaria limestone and 42 Metres high, it was largely restored between 1906 and 1909

    You can read more form picture 5.........

    Torre Dell Elefanta Elephant on bottom left of picture Torre dell Elefanta A secrtion through the tower explains restoration Informazioni
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    Sant' Eulalia chapel

    by Paisleypaul Written Feb 1, 2015

    The 1371 chapel Santa Maria del Porto was replced by that of Sant Eulalia which largely dates from 1790s up until the 20th century.

    together with the Museum del Tesoro, it hosts a lot of artefacts from the Chiesa Santa Lucia in Marina

    Our shots are a bit random as we did not know this at the time we visited !

    Sant' Eulalia Altar Altar Altar with L'Ultima Cena / Last Supper Overview of relics and artefacts
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    See the excavation of Santa Lucia

    by Paisleypaul Written Feb 1, 2015

    La Chiesa Santa Lucia was demolished in 1947 for safety reasons after strucural damage during WWII air raids. All of the importatn artworks it housed can now be see at the Museum of the 14th century Sant Eulalia (things to do tip) and the National Gallery in Cagliari.

    In June 2013 it looked like these pictures - we are hopiong to be back shortly to check on progress

    Only takes a couple of minutes to have a look ; iit is the place you will likely pass within 50 paces of and not know it

    Remains of 1600s Santa Lucia in Via Sardegna This annotated pciture is opn display with legend Legend to the annotated picture Altar area - the arches supported a duomo Stairs led to the campanlle / bell tower
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    2014 Nuraghe Visit

    by windoweb Written May 16, 2014

    Sardinia is home to the old but somewhat mysterious Nuragic civilization (ca 1500 BC); cylindrical towers (called Nuraghi, sing. Nuraghe) dot the Sardinian landscape, and fortified villages can still be found.

    We took a tour of a Nuraghe and it was quite interesting. At one point the steep stone stairs were difficult to manage. I took a photo of the stairs we had to navigate.

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    Palazzo Regio

    by alectrevor Updated Apr 9, 2011

    Very near cathedral, is an ancient res idence of the representative of the king during the time of the Aragonese and Spanish. Today it is a centre of Prefetture of Cagliari district. It is open to the public. I took a photo of the Council room.

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    Elephant Tower.

    by alectrevor Written Apr 9, 2011

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    The Elephant Tower is up in the castle area. From Piazza Yenne go up a slope, which then changes to flight of steps,at the foot of the steps is a council run electric lift. As you approach the tower look up and you will see the small elephant. Go through the tower gateway and look back you will see the open tower with the stairs up to the top.

    View of St Pancras tower from Elephant tower. View of Cathedral from Elephant tower

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    Enjoy walking the streets

    by EdnaKrabbappel Written Jun 16, 2010

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    It is just really enjoyable and relaxing to walk around the old streets of Cagliari and enjoy the wonderful architecture. I'm not talking about the grand and important buildings (which are wonderful) but the everyday homes and squares of the city.
    Once you get away from the rather chaotic harbour area you can explore the Marina, Stampace and Castello areas which all hold the delights of being in Italy.
    Beware though that the city is built on a hill and is quite steeply inclined in places. This does give rise though to some wonderful views of the town and surrounding area especially once you get up into Castello and the Bastione San Remy (which can also be accessed by a lift !).
    This could mean that you might have to stop and enjoy a cold beer or a cappuchino to sustain you - but what the hell - you're on holiday. Buona Vacanze !!

    Via Azuni Piazza Indipendenza via Santa Croce via Manno via Sardegna
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    Chiesa di Santa Maria del Monte

    by gildapaolina Written Jan 15, 2009

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    Nowadays headquarter of Sovereign Order of Malta, this small and frugal church (once center for Santa Maria del Monte di Pietà brotherhood) is located in the heart of the old jewish district.
    A first building phase dates back to middle of XVI century (the Gothic side), but the Renaissance elements were added later. After the brotherhood was abolished, in 1866, the churh was alternatively utilized as Court of Appeal headquarter, municipal music school and gymnasium; restored and reopened in 2000, it often hosts classic and contemporary music concerts.

    Church interior Church front

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    Bastione Saint Remy

    by gildapaolina Written Jan 14, 2009

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    This scenographic rampart (wich links the Castle district with the low area of the town) dates back to the end of XIX century and has been built on pre-existent walls from spanish age (about XV century).
    The main stairway goes up from Piazza Costituzione creating several and various ramps, which stop into a mezzanine open floor and a painted, bright covered walk.
    The staircase ends to a large esplanade with palm trees, park benchs and some trendy coffehouses, from wich is possile to enjoy one of most spectacular and breathtaking 360° views of Cagliari.

    Bastion view Cagliari view from staircase

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    Elephant's Tower on Castle district

    by gildapaolina Written Jan 13, 2009

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    Built in 1307 during Pisan occupancy, the Elephant's tower holds a strategic area and always acted as main access to Castle district. Its four floors are linked by steepy wooden stairs: according to pisan architecture, the district side is opened and the other three are closed to the city view by white limestone walls.
    During centuries the tower changed its main use: was alternatively used as storehouse, officeholders homesite and penitentiary.
    Pisan castellans blazons are well preserved and visible on every floor.

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    Botanical Garden

    by gildapaolina Updated Dec 13, 2008

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    It was designed and built between 1862 and 1869, following the project of the most important sardinian architect Gaetano Cima. It's located on Palabanda valley, near Roman amphitheatre and Tigellio's Villa, an area protected from winds and once Gesuits possession.
    Gardens surface is about 5 hectares and organised in 4 areas, according to species: mediterranean, tropical, succulent herbs and medicinal herbs (for therapeutic, nutritive and textile uses); a total of 600 trees, 550 shrubs, 75 lianas and 800 types carefully treated in pots are hosted here.
    Within the garden there are some cisterns of about 160 mc, remains from Roman Age; and a 'lybarium', a sort of fountain built by Romans, which actors from nearby theatre used to quench.

    Ninfea rosa Cactacee Ninfea bianca

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    Villa Doloretta

    by gildapaolina Written Dec 12, 2008

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    Doloretta was the beloved wife of Francesco Zedda Piras, the last owner of this Neoclassic Villa (formerly Villa Pollini), in honour of which the building was lastly entitled.
    The original project, in1812, connected Villa Pollini with a small urban contest which included a little chapel (entitled to Maria Immacolata, now extinguished), some buildings for agricultural activities and some others destinated to workers. An Italian Garden surrounded the pink villa, but what now remains are some palm trees and the circular fountain, still working.
    Villa Doloretta is currently hosting the Superintendence of Archaeology in Cagliari and Oristano provinces.

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    Villa di Tigellio

    by gildapaolina Updated Dec 5, 2008

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    Not really a 'villa', this area is what remains from a residential roman area of middle imperial age (II/III century d.C).
    Finds show some thermal buildings and three opulent houses, all with a tetrastyle atrium and a central impluvium.
    Two of the houses are very well preserved: the one said 'House of Painted Tablinum', with rests of a mosaic floor, and the 'House of Stuccos', which name comes from their decorative stuccos.

    Tradition wants one of the houses once belonged to sardinian poet and musician Tigellio Ermogenes, who lived during Cesare and Cicero age.

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    Bonaria church on Bonaria hill

    by gildapaolina Written Dec 5, 2008

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    Placed on the homonymous hill, this church is an elegant example of Catalan Gothic architecture in Sardinia and dates back to Spanish period: the shrine was indeed founded during Catalans besiegement in Cagliari, in 1310.
    The building has been structured as a Catalan church (specifically Sant’Agata in the High Royal Palace in Barcelona) and it looks raised in limestone ashlars. Front of the church incorporate some elements from portal of destroyed San Francesco church, once in Stampace area; its actual length is due to the 19th century expansion.

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    To discover beaches

    by PALLINA Updated Jun 12, 2008

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    From Cagliari to west there are plenty of beaches to be discovered, my favorite were la Tuerredda and Baia Chia. You can see the first from the main road. Just follow the directions from the main street. Do not forget sun glasses and sun umbrella!!!

    La spiaggia Tuerredda Baia Chia Baia Chia
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