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Basilica of Saccargia Virtual Tour

Our journey between the hills, the countrysides, a few trees, where the view is free to see and imagine, suddenly a monument, and your attention is completely captured by the Church of the Holy Trinity of Saccargia, a powerful image and compelling shapes, and you think that the place is at least unusual for the location of a work of such prestige, but the place is quiet and respectful of the sacred and still today destination of the faithful who arrive on foot to recite the gosos, traditional hymns to Our Lady and dedicated to Easter.

The Basilica of Saccargia, one of the most beautiful examples of the Romanesque-Pisan style in Sardinia, is located on a small hillock near Codrongianos, ten kilometres from Sassari. The church was finished in 1116 over the ruins of a pre-existing monastery and consecrated the same year. It was later enlarged in Pisan Style with the the portico and the bell tower. The Church, in dark and white limestone, has a portico with three arches. The facade has three levels: the first one has a portal with a two-coloured supporting arch; the second one has five small arches supported by reddish stone columns with carved capitals; the upper level has five sloping arches that follow the slope of the roof with a small central opening in the form of a cross.

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360 Pano > Holy Trinity of Saccargia in Codrongianos with the bell tower

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The Basilica of Saccargia is in Romanesque-Pisan style and is located in the town of Codrongianos in the province of Sassari in northern Sardinia. The church was finished in 1116 AD over the ruins of a pre-existing monastery.

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360 Pano > Main Facade of the Basilica of Saccargia in the province of Sassari

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The Basilica is built using local stone, black basalt and white limestone, in order to create a colour effect typical of the Tuscan Romanesque. The Basilica is 29 meters long and 6 wide.

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360 Pano > Portico of the Holy Trinity of Saccargia

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The origin of its name is strange: perhaps it derives from “s'acca argia”, the spotted cow carved in one of the capitals of the portico; perhaps from “sa bacarezza”, the cowshed. However the name is linked to the place where in the Middle Ages there were large farms for grazing.

Nave near the Altar with the Frescoes of the Apse

360 Pano > Nave near the Altar with the Frescoes of the Apse

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The single nave of the Basilica has thirty-six visible wooden trusses and a floor with grey basaltic stones. The extraordinary and rare frescoes in the apse represents Christ surrounded by angels in the top area, twelve figures of Doctors of the Church and a praying Madonna in the middle area and in the bottom there are six scenes of the life and passion of Christ.
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360 Pano > Lateral Chapel in the Transept with the statue of the Virgin Mary

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The austere interior has a single nave with two apsidal chapels that flank a larger one forming the transept.

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360 Pano > Apse of the Holy Trinity of Saccargia and the bell tower

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The rear elevation is dominated by the belfry, 40 meters high, which keeps the sequence of the dark and white limestone. Pisan workers completed the nave and the facade by adding two essential elements: the portico and the bell tower.

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