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Nuraghe Santu Antine, Torralba

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Santu Antine ("Saint Constantine"), also known as Sa domo de su re ("The house of the king" in the Sardinian language) is a nuraghe (ancient megalithic edifice built by the Nuragic Civilization) in Torralba, one of the largest in Sardinia. It is located in the centre of the Cabu Abbas plain. The main structure was built around the 19-18th century BC, and the other parts of the nuraghe date back to the 17th–15th century BC. The main tower originally reached a height of 23–24 metres and contains three tholoi chambers on top of each other. The central tower with diameter of 15 metres is 17 metres high. Santu Antine is made of huge basalt blocks. It has three floors. The top floor is now gone. Some 27 meters long corridors built with the corbel arch technique can be observed inside of the Nuraghe, superimposed on two floors, the Nuraghe was provided with three wells.
Near the Nuraghe lie the remains of a Nuragic village.

The nuraghe has also been studied several times from an archaeoastronomic point of view, and these studies have shown how its structure is oriented following the solstices. These claims were supported, among others, by the archaeologist Ercole Contu and archaeostronomists Mauro Peppino Zedda, Juan Antonio Belmonte and Michael Hoskin. In particular, Hoskin, science historian and emeritus professor at Churchill College in Cambridge, called Santu Antine "the most sophisticated dry stone monument on earth's surface".
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  • As a previous reviewer has said - if you only see on Nuraghe make it this one. This 3,500 year old building is mind blowing. Firstly it's age, secondly it's construction and thirdly the views from... 
    As a previous reviewer has said - if you only see on Nuraghe make it this one. This 3,500 year old building is mind blowing. Firstly it's age, secondly it's construction and thirdly the views from...  more »
  • Located on a vast plain just off the SS131, this is the most elaborate and detailed of the many in Sardinia. There is no guide but there is an app that gives detailed descriptions of numbered... 
    Located on a vast plain just off the SS131, this is the most elaborate and detailed of the many in Sardinia. There is no guide but there is an app that gives detailed descriptions of numbered...  more »
  • Beautiful and amazing Nuragic site located in the northeast section of Sardinia. We were driving to Orosei and just happened to be driving past it. (Lucky us!). We spent about and hour walking... 
    Beautiful and amazing Nuragic site located in the northeast section of Sardinia. We were driving to Orosei and just happened to be driving past it. (Lucky us!). We spent about and hour walking...  more »
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  • A beautifully preserved Nuraghe in the Logudoro region of Sardinia ( Northwest). The site is well organised for individual or group tours, with a ticket office/souvenir shop, a bar with snacks and hot and cold drinks, and public restrooms. The full price ticket is 8€, which is fair since it goes to the maintenance expenses. You can take a walk all around and inside the Nuraghe, up to the top terrace, which offers an astounding view of the valley. There is no wheelchair nor assisted access to the upper levels, that you can reach by a very steep and tall set of stone steps, so keep this in mind when you visit. There are informative panels all around, to explain the history and architecture of the site.
  • An interesting building to visit. The audioguide to the site is an app you have to download. The site ia relatively open allowing you to freely wander over it.
  • “The house of the King”, a megalithic compound “built between the Middle Bronze Age (16th century) and the Iron Age (9th century BC)”. Made with basalt blocks, used to have three floors. Some coming studies, shown how its structure is oriented following the solstices.
  • Is worth the visit despite the high entrance fee. One you're inside of this unbelievably for the time when build monumental complex, you really feel humility before the ability to build of our ancestors. The inner corridors, stairs, terrace, thickness of walls all built to preserve its inhabitants still standing after some 3000 years...
  • Beautiful ancient construction which still is largely in good shape taking into account it's age. The central Tower has lots of internal tunnels and stairs which lead you to the roof and basement. The latter is fairly big and cool place in both senses of the word... Tickets (adult) cost 8€.

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