The historical region in question is the Marghine (in general it is part of the Logudoro) which we can insert within the Nuorese context which holds an environmental, archaeological and cultural heritage of great value and value. In this article we have examined the small village of Silanus and its historical heritage in the surroundings. Before making the itinerary I asked myself, what to see in Silanus and especially in the surrounding areas? Many answers, many fascinating places and many emotions told in this article made available to everyone.
What to see in Silanus
Silanus, what to see and know about a small town of about 2000 inhabitants? Certainly its overbearing entry into the list of the most beautiful Italian villages in Italy for its value concerning nature, history and tradition. The village of Silanus , however, has its own particular record , it is the country of longevity par excellence. In fact, the concentration of over one hundred year olds of both sexes who live in this small Sardinian village, studied by internationally renowned scientists, is astonishing. This village was also mentioned by National Geographic in 2004 which they made Silanus a worldwide case. On an economic level, it is mainly based on agro-pastoral traditions and craftsmanship. If you pass in the area between May and June it is easy to see stalls with bread, sweets and typical local Sardinian products exhibitions of traditional breads and sweets. Simple to walk through the streets and admire the small and different churches located in the center of the town. Explore Silanus with its suggestive atmosphere because it will be fascinating and it will seem to have gone back in time.
SANTA SABINA CHURCH AND NURAGHE
Christianity and prehistory, charm and beauty. These are the main characteristics of one of the most beautiful areas of Sardinia for its unmistakable beauty and its profound charm. We are in Santa Sabina , here there is so much to see and study, a few kilometers away from Silanus. In this area 3500 years ago our ancestors decided to build a nuragic complex with cults and traditions. After thousands of years, at the dawn of Christianity and right next to the nuraghe, the locals decided to build a church , in the Byzantine style and which somehow captured the ancestral atmosphere of the nuragics. A picturesque setting, a perfect coexistence of two totally different historical periods, in belief, tradition, culture. The imposing single tower , with a diameter of almost 14 meters, is made with large basalt blocks that become more and more squared and regular as the rows rise towards the top. This was the absolute center of the whole nuragic complex, around in fact a large village of huts and, more hidden, the sacred well su Cherchizzu e two tombs of the giants .
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The Church of Santa Sabina is another important monument of the island's history. The small jewel of art, one of the most significant and original early medieval architecture on the island, was then rebuilt between the 10th and 11th centuries. Its layout with three rooms covered by a dome in the center recalls the early Christian baptisteries of the late Roman era. During our excursion we photographed the sunset from this location, it was a unique emotion. However, we could not see the 2 tombs of giants and the sacred well, the smallest on the island and located about 300 meters from the nuraghe.
It is certainly one of the most interesting and fascinating nuraghi in the area, built mainly in granite and with a central tower that remains almost intact with its majestic height of 12 meters. It was not entirely easy to get there, a very steep climb connects the SP to the nuraghe through a beaten path where you have to enter a private field to access it. The view is sensational and the nuraghe is proof of breathtaking architectural work. The Orolio nuraghe has 2 superimposed tholos which are connected by a main staircase and a secondary staircase, at the time of our visit the internal part was inaccessible due to the danger of collapse. Despite its beauty and the historical and cultural heritage that accompanies the site, this nuraghe is in an evident state of neglect. At the base of the nuraghe it is possible to see other nuragic constructions probably not yet studied.
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