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Basilica San Gavino, Porto Torres

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  • The Romanesque basilica of San Gavino in Porto Torres is one of the most significant monuments of the entire artistic heritage. The grandeur of the exterior gives way to the discreet charm of the Interior, barely illuminated by the light coming from the single-slit and is reflected in the marble columns and capitals from ancient Roman and Byzantine buildings. The sanctuary is also an important destination for millennial cult devotional given local martyrs Gavino, Proto and Gianuario. At the beginning of the seventeenth century there were sought out and discovered the relics of the three Saints, located then in specially dug to accommodate them. Various archaeological excavations have identified masonry debris of two older churches, dating to the 5th-7th centuries. A smaller one is under the side N the Romanesque basilica, the other stretching in external sector # were both aisles but the smaller had the apse, the other in e. Porto Torres was an episcopal see from 484 until 1441, when Bishop turritano moved to Sassari. The first mention of the Church of San Gavino is in "Condaghe di San Pietro di Silki" and dates from about 1082. News on Romanesque basilica are derived from "Condaghe di San Gavino" legend of Trustees drafted in the 13th century, in which election system by Gonario-Comita, ruler of Torres, and the completion by his son Torchitorio-Barisone I de Lacon-Gunale, judge of Torres in 1065. It is not easy, however, to determine the exact history of the building, as well as raises many questions the main peculiarity of the Church, ending with two opposing apses (N/E and S/O), one for each short side, so missing the facade and entrances are opened along the long sides. The basilica of San Gavino is the largest Romanesque building in Sardinia (m 58 x 19, height approximately 17 m). Longitudinal plan with three naves separated by arches on 22 columns of bare and three pairs of cruciform pillars ... The factory began the apse in N/E and ends with S/O. The building was made of limestone of Nurra, excepting the capitals on which set the arches, marble and everyone for reuse, but three Byzantine Imperial Roman period and one of the 8th century. The nave has a wooden roof, while the aisles are take a cruise. Throughout the building opening Windows that allow light to enter the basilica, some are older, with conch stepped, replaced by lights with conch smooth. Outside the basilica shows marked in mirrors a series of pilasters underpinning bows. To the North lies the only surviving Romanesque portal, decorated with two human figures depicting Adam and Eve. South opens a portal of the fifteenth century, in Gothic-Catalan style.
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  • visited the basilica along with volunteers who lend themselves to making known the history of the Saints, in the basement are the remains of ancient history, very impressive. the place is very nice. Thanks to the guys that lend themselves to raise awareness of the treasures of the basilica
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  • Located in the heart of the city, this Basilica is worth a visit; Note the contrast between the Blackboard and stripped outside and inside to the colored marbles
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