Travelling through Sardinia you often see strange structures built of large stones. They can be seen from quite far away and look like towers. They were built by the Nuraghi Culture during the Bronze Age, around 1600 BC. This was a rich cultural period and is often called the Golden Age of Sardinia. The period is known not only for its remarkable structures but also for the stylish quality of the bronze craftwork.
The stone watch- and defense towers are called nuraghi. There are also other structures such as holy wells and giants’ tombs.
We visited a number of them during our visit to Sardinia. Some have been restored and you can even look inside.

The two red dots show the location of the nuraghi which we visited.

The first nuraghi we visited was Nuraghi Santu Antine. This is in central Sardinia, in the historical area of the Meilogu on a plateau which is appropriately called the Valle dei Nuraghi, Valley of the Nuraghi as so many can be found there. The most important of them is Nuraghi Santu Antine.

Nuraghi Santu Antine
The tower of the nuraghi
View from the tower. In the foreground the foundations of the round structures
Inside the nuraghi
Inside the nuraghi
Drawing of a reconstructed nuraghi

The second nuraghi is San Imbenia, which stands close to Punta Giglio in the west of Sardinia on the coast not far from van Alghero.

Not such a fine nuraghi but still worth a visit.
Archaeologists are still excavating here

Drawing of a reconstruction of the San Imbenia nuraghi. The many round structures you can see in the foreground were probably houses.
Another drawing of a reconstruction, this time from above.
There are many round structures on the site which were probably houses with thatched roofs.
Inside one of the round structures there is an altar.

Another Hunebedhunters article about Sardinia looks at the necropoli which date from the same time as the hunebed builders.

 

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