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Basilica di San Saturnino, Cagliari

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  • You cannot get near this place so there is nothing to see. It is obviously an ancient ruin but the gates are rarely opened. Also too many smelly cats.  more »
  • Basilica di San Saturnino has cice views from the outside, but we found it closed. Located just outside the historic centre of Cagliari.  more »
  • I've got for free an amusing concert in a true medieval location  more »
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  • The Basilica of San Saturnino (also dedicated to Saints Cosmas and Damian) is the oldest church in Cagliari, dedicated to the patron saint of the city. The church is mentioned for the first time in the early 6th century. This church had been likely erected near the burial place of St. Saturninus of Cagliari, who, according to the Passio sancti Saturni (a medieval document telling the saint's story), had been martyred in 304. The legend states that he was beheaded for refusing to offer sacrifices to Jupiter during the persecutions of Christians by Diocletian.
  • paleo Christian basilica not much to see but interesting for its historical value more than for artistic
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  • its architectural style is unique among churches in Cagliari
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  • The Basilica of San Saturnino (entitled also to Saints Cosma and Damiano) is the oldest church in Cagliari, dedicated to the patron saint of the city. Villanova district, in piazza San Cosimo. The Church and the adjacent necropolis, which extends beneath the nearby church of San Lucifero, is one of the most important and ancient early Christian complex in Sardinia. The first to mention the Church of San Saturnino was the deacon Ferrando, biographer of Saint fulgentius of Ruspe, who lived twice, between 507 and 523 in the monastery he had founded with scriptorium iuxta basilicam sancti martyris Saturnini (at the basilica of Saint Saturninus martyr). Fulgenzio arrived at Cagliari along with the other African bishops exiled to Sardinia to King Thrasamund in the first quarter of the 6th century (perhaps on this occasion arrived in the Island the relics of St Augustine, who remained in Cagliari up to 722). The Church found by Fulgentius was probably built on the site where tradition identified the tomb of young Cagliari Saturn or Saturninus, martyred in 304 according to the Passio sancti Saturni, a medieval document that tells the story of the Saint (among other things much like the story of Saint Saturninus of Toulouse). In 1089 the complex was given to the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of St Victor of Marseilles (Vanjara) by judge Constantine Salusio II of Cagliari. The Vittorini restored the Church according to the canons of Provencal Romanesque. The renewed basilica was consecrated in 1119. In 1324, during the siege of the Castle by the Aragonese, the monastery of San Saturnino was damaged. In 1363 King Peter IV granted to the Knights of Saint George de Alfama. Followed a long period of decline, in which are placed the excavations that affected the early Christian Necropolis around the basilica since 1614, in order to regain the so-called Holy bodies (relics of martyrs or assumed), and, in 1669, the removal of materials that were reused in the Baroque renovation of the Cathedral. In 1714 the Church was granted to the order of physicians and apothecaries and was entitled also to Saints Cosma and Damiano. In 1943 the Church was damaged by bombing in World War II. Repaired after the war and returned to the cult, was often chosen by the inhabitants of Cagliari for the celebration of marriages. In 1978, the Church was closed to carry out new restorations. The work lasted until 1996, when the basilica was reopened to visitors. the Basilica has a new altar and Ambo was rededicated and reopened for worship by the Archbishop of Cagliari Giuseppe Mani
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  • Quiet and calm in the city center. The green area and the beds are very comfortable, ideal for children ... advice.
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