What to see in Castelsardo, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including Castello dei Doria and Chiesa Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Medieval village located on a rocky cliff, along the coast of the Gulf of Asinara north of Sardinia, Castelsardo is part of the club of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
The island of Molino and the Forani rocks also belong to the territory of Castelsardo.
The Rocca, the historic center characterized by narrow alleys and stairways, and the Church with the dome of the bell tower decorated in majolica, characterize the ancient village, which stands in a splendid panoramic position overlooking the sea.
Inside the Cathedral, built in late Gothic style and dedicated to Saint Anthony the Abbot, the main altar is dominated by the fifteenth-century table depicting the Madonna and Child seated on the throne, painted by the artist known as the master of Castelsardo.
Near the Duomo stands the Castello dei Doria, built by the Genoese family in the twelfth century.
The Castle houses the Museum of the Mediterranean Interweaving, a very interesting exhibition, dedicated to the local tradition of basket weaving, as well as other utensils used in daily life.
The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, from the Middle Ages, preserves the fourteenth-century wooden Crucifix of the Black Christ inside.
The Church known as Lunissanti is linked to this Church, a unique popular religious event that takes place on the Monday of Holy Week in Castelsardo, which begins and ends in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
At dawn on Holy Monday, the Confraternity of the Holy Cross, receives the Mysteries from the Prior, the procession takes place at the rhythm of songs towards the Monastery of Our Lady, in the town of Tergu, where the participants, after Mass, meet in groups for lunch on the lawn in front of the Abbey, before returning in the evening to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
In Multeddu there is a large boulder eroded by atmospheric agents, the appearance of which is that of a large elephant, for this reason it is known as the Elephant Rock, inside which two hypogeic tombs dating back to the Neolithic era have been excavated, called the domus de Janas.Recommended readings
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This area has been inhabited since the Nuragic period, the remains of the Paddaggiu nuraghe are a testimony.
In the territory of Castelsardo there is also the complex of Monte Ossoni, an archaeological area including a prehistoric village defended by imposing walls.