Cagliari is the capital of the region of Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. With my trusty Lomo LC-A+ RL, I'll show you in this article the most characteristic part of this city known as The Castle, with its narrow streets and a very interesting museum with unique archaeological pieces in the world!
Cagliari is a city of approximately 150,000 inhabitants. It is situated in the southern part of the island of Sardinia, at the center of a gulf known as the Bay of Angels. The city is spread around the hill of the historic district of The Castle, the old town.
This is the most characteristic part of Cagliari, with its wonderful terraces and narrow cobblestone streets. In the photo below you can see the Terrazza Umberto I, which was designed in 1896 by engineers Joseph Costa and Fulgenzio Setti. There are some elevators that allow you to reach this place to avoid steep climbs by foot.
In the next two photos you can see the narrow streets of The Castle. This district is located at a prominent position on a limestone hill about 100 meters above sea level. It was founded by the Pisans in the 13th century, fortifying it with walls and towers.
Here you can find the cathedral. This church, built during the 13th century in the Pisan Romanesque style, was elevated to the rank of cathedral in 1258. During the 17th and 18th centuries, it was renovated in accordance with the canons of the Baroque style. In the 1930s, the temple was restored and the present façade in Romanesque style, inspired by the cathedral of Pisa, was erected.
At the top of the hill you can find the important archaeological museum, which you can see in the next image. This is the biggest and most important museum of the prehistoric Nuragic civilization of Sardinia. Originating in Sardinia, the Nuraghic civilization covers a period of time from the Bronze Age (from 1700 BC) to the 2nd century BC.
At the museum, I visited the exhibition “Giants of Monte Prama.” These giant sculptures belong to the Nuragic prehistoric community and are made of blocks of stone which weigh up to 400 kilos. Their height ranges from 2 to 2.5 meters. The site of Monte Prama was probably a monumental funeral area.
These sculptures were discovered by accident in 1974. But it was only in 2005, through the allocation of funds by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, were they restored. Now, they are the pride of Sardinian archaeology.
The museum is full of Nuragic finds and is surely worth a visit!
All these photos were taken with my trusty Lomo LC-A+ RL loaded with the Fujicolor 200. The intensity of the light in the museum is sufficient enough to shoot without the use of the trtipod.