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Oristano Sardegna

Oristano is the biggest city at the west coast of Sardinia, but it still has just a population of about 32,000 people (end 2010). However, the city is also the capital of the region "Oristano", and so most of the economic and cultural life happens here.

Oristano Dome

Oristano also has a dome, and here we see the tower of the dome shining through the trees.

Il Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta Oristano

This is a beautiful detail of the wall of the Oristano dome.

Duomo Oristano Ceiling Painting

A beautiful painting at the ceiling of the dome of Oristano.

Interior of Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta

This is the interior of the Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta, simple yet beautiful.

Interior of Oristano Dome

And another photo showing the interior of the Oristano Dome.

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

The Dome's official name is "Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta". It is situated in the historic center of Oristano as part of a Byzantine settlement. This has been confirmed by the discovery of graves in the churchyard. It was rebuilt in Romanesque style around 1130. Of the early Byzantine church there still are remains visible in the garden. The Romanesque church was probably destroyed during a siege around 1195 but it was (at least partially) restored in the thirteenth century during the government of Mariano II (see the inscriptions on the door knockers). During the eighteenth century the entire building was rebuilt, except for three chapels of the transept.

Roof of Duomo di Oristano

A final photo of the Duomo. Now we head for the busy city center.

Oristano Piazza Eleonora

This is the Piazza Eleonora...

Piazza Eleonora d'Arborea

...with a statue of the cities' popular hero, Eleonora d'Arborea (1350-1404). She really changed a lot during her regency and introduced the "Carta de Logu", a codex that acted as law foundation in Sardinia from 1395 to 1861. She also introduced laws to protect eagles and other large birds.

Corso Umberto I Oristano

This is the "high street" of Oristano, the Corso Umberto I. You will find a number of really nice shops here. At the end of the street is the Piazza Roma that really marks the city center.

Oristano City Center

A final photo of Oristano's city center: We saw many graffitis, creating a somewhat "run down" impression, regardless of the nice shops and friendly people around.

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