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St. Cristina Sacred Well


Photographs by David Donnini

The nuragic holy well is a typical Sardinian hypogean structure designed, during the Bronze Age, to the worship of the waters. Scattered throughout the island, along the Giants' grave and the megaron temples, they testify the deep religiosity of the Nuragic populations. These temples were a place of pilgrimage and ceremonies: it is believed that in certain times of the year the various nuragic populations of the area gather together in their vicinity. On the basaltic plateau of Abbasanta, among an oak and olive trees wood, rises the archaeological area of Santa Cristina, about one hectare of surface area, that includes one of the most beautiful sacred wells of Sardinia from the architectural point of view, the remains of ancient stone huts, a nuraghe, a Christian church and some “cumbessìas”, dwellings for pilgrims. The area is composed by two parts, north-eastern and south-western, divided by the church of Santa Cristina and the dwellings. In the north-eastern part there is the nuragic sacred well, or well-temple, very well preserved, built with basalt rocks during the Final Bronze Era, between the 12th and the 11th century BC, for the worship of water. It’s composed by a vestibule, a staircase and an hypogeum. Today only some rows of stones remain of the vestibule, drawing a keyhole shape, surrounded by another row, called thémenos, forming an ellipse.


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Beautiful movie of Santa Cristina Sacred Well: