The meaning of the flag of Sardinia: the four Moors

The meaning of the flag of Sardinia have its deep roots in an ancient past soaked in legend and confirmed by the historical facts: the origin of the standard of the four Moors, symbol of Sardinia, is shrouded in mystery still today. Originally, the meaning of the flag of Sardinia was related to the war events of the Kingdom of Aragon, that ruled the Sardinia from 1324 AD to 1479 AD. The historical tradition has it that the four heads represent four victories achieved by the Kingdom of Aragon against the invading Moors: Zaragoza, Valencia, Murcia and the Balearics. (more…)

Christmas in Alghero: the song of the Sibyl

Christmas in Alghero becomes magical. Every year on Christmas Eve in the cathedral of the city renews an old medieval tradition called "Song of the Sibyl". The Song of the Sibyl, or Pythoness, was born in France at the turn of the ninth and tenth centuries AD. With the conquest of James I this custom thrives also in Mallorca and the Balearic Islands and to follow in Sardinia. Despite the Council of Trent orders to cancel the ceremony, the singing can only be preserved through the centuries in Majorca and Alghero. The Christmas carol, in Catalan, narrated through the use of images the anger of Christ and the day of Judgement, which will be biblically in the valley of Jehoshaphat, the seat of the divine tribunal. In the tradition of Alghero the singing provides, during the choir performance, two altar boys who are challenging a sword as a symbol of divine justice, and the other a scepter, a sign of the authorities capitulate. (more…)

The sunken town of Sardinia: the ancient Nora

If you’re wondering what’s the most ancient town in Sardinia, the answer is Nora. The sunken town of Nora. Some kilometers from Cagliari, on the southern coast of the isle, little off from the well known touristic center of Pula, Nora is one extraordinary site of high archeological interest. There it was discovered an ancient town of the Phoenician-punic era. But there’s who uphold the theory of former origins of the settlement. Afterwards, the place was settled by the Romans (III century b.C.) in confirmation of the wonderful and strategic positioning of the ancient town. It was abandoned in the Medieval era due to frequent Arabian pirates raids. A Roman amphitheatre, some temples, thermae and mosaics are visible on the coast, in the archeological area of Nora, but the most of the ancient town is sunken beneath the sea. Such a paradise for archeological diving lovers and, generally, for diving passionate. (more…)

Sardinia nuraghe: Su Nuxari site, Barumini

Barumini nuraghe, in Su Nuraxi archeological site, is one of the most important of the whole Sardinia and is an Unesco Human Heritage site since 1997. It’s located near the small town of Barumini, 1.413 inhabitants, in Medio Campidano area. The attention on Su Nuraxi nuraghe was drawn by the fact that this is one of the biggest and the better preserved model of nuragic settlement ever discovered. The oldest building is dated back to the XV sec. b.C. For the strategic position and the resilience of his buildings, Barumini nuraghe has been used as fortress  by Phoenicians (between VIII and VII century b.C.) and Carthaginians (between V and IV century b.C.), was then abandoned after the Roman conquest, in the III century b.C. (more…)