NURAGHE and CHURCH
of Santa Sabina


INTRODUCTION

The Nuraghe and Church of Santa Sabina on th map

The Nuraghe of 'Santa Sabina', also called 'Nuraghe of Santa Sarbana', of great charm, consist of a nuraghe, a small village, a 'Tomba dei Giganti', and a holy well. The presence of a medioeval church of Santa Sabina documents the contiguity of evidences from different historical periods and the persistence of the character of sacredness of the site.


THE NURAGHE


It is compose by a single tower with three niches with cruciform disposition, with a vestibule to the right, and a clockwise sphiral staircase to the left.
The monument is composed of large basalt stones, hewn with hammers, with a better quality at higher levels. The entrance, located direction south-south-East, has no architrave (which is preserved only in fragments), but it had to be very huge.
The entrance appears, therefore, wider, and, on the basement, at can be seen a big slab, like a sort of step.
The nuraghe is devoid of the second floor level, definitely absent due to the dismemberment of the structure instead of due to any collapse, as the stones have been re-used in other construtions during different historical periods.

View of the nuraghe of Santa Sabina View of the nuraghe and of the church of Santa Sabina

THE CHURCH


Known withthe dilectalname of 'Santa Sarbana', and dating to the 10th - 11th century, the church is an architectural gem in the countryside. The church stands out amongs the monuments of romanesque style, because some Byzantine characteristics are present. It consists of a plant with three compartments apse; the two side rooms have a square shape, while the central one has a circular plan with a dome, where is clearly visible the influence of the Byzantine style.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ...


The wonderful website of the "Region Sardinia" allows those interested, the completely free access to the cultural heritage of the entire region. Inside the website is possible to visualize any content, text, audio, video, or images, related to the art and the culture of Sardinia. A first link, of fundamental interest for any deepening of Sardinia is, therefore, the digital library of Sardinia:


http://www.sardegnadigitallibrary.it

http://www.sardegnaturismo.it/itinerari/

Some interesting pictures of SantaSabina are visible in the website of Regione Sardegna at the following link :


Santa Sabina - Photographs



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