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Basilica of Saccargia

About a half hour trip from Alghero (just beyond Sassari) is the beautiful Basilica of the Holy Trinity of Saccargia, one of the most important Romanesque churches in Sardinia. The church was completed at the beginning of the twelfth century at the behest of Constantine I, the non-hereditary sovereign of Torres. According to the scripts referring to these times, Constantine, during a trip with his wife, had found hospitality in the monastery. The bride and groom had here made a vow to the Madonna asking to be blessed with a child. Shortly afterwards a child was born, and Constantine gifted a new church to the monks.

The church has a single nave system, a front porch and a tall bell tower. It is main characteristic are the colours of the walls, black and white stripes, created by alternating blocks of limestone and black basalt, a technique typical of the Pisan era.

The frescoes in the central absine were added later, towards the end of the twelfth century, by an un-named artist from central Italy. The work, in which the figure of Christ is depicted in almond (so called after the shape of the halo) is one of the finest examples of Romanesque painting in Sardinia. The name of the church derives from the Latin word "sacraria".

Basilica of the Holy Trinity of Saccargia

The black and white color of the walls is obtained by using alternatively limestone and black basalt blocks, typical technique of the Pisa School.