The picture of the rich and fashionable nuragic civilisation will be complete with a visit to some of the characteristic tombs of this period, the so called "Tombe dei Giganti" (Tombs of Giants) the name of which comes from popular fantasy created by the majestic nature of these collective tombs.
Moreover their layout with its long covered corridor for burials with, at the front, its two semicircular arms that form an open space for the burial rites, evoke the stylised figure of a bull's head with long arched horns, that are a clear religious symbol. In the countryside around Dorgali are some of the most interesting and well preserved examples, in which the characteristic stele with its small door (to pass into the afterlife?) that marks the entrance to the burial corridor can be appreciated. It is also worth seeing the tombs in the area of Paulilatino, with the majestic example of Goronna, that can be reached via the SS 131.
  Dorgali - S'Ena 'e Tomes - Tomba di giganti
ImageDorgali - S'Ena 'e Tomes
Tomba di giganti
Serri - The well temple of Santa Vittoria
ImagePaulilatino - The well temple of Santa Cristina
  In the area of Paulilatino, which is particularly rich in ancient ruins, in the area of the village-sanctuary of Santa Cristina is one of the finest and most elegant of the well temples. It is characteristic of the temples where "the cult of the water" was worshipped during the nuragic period. There are about 40 holy wells in Sardinia. They are formed by a circular room with a tholos, that are partially buried and have a terrace that slopes down to the fertilising water spring. Sometimes they are found standing alone in the countryside or are joined to villages and are often at the centre of real sanctuaries.
An example is the well temple of Santa Vittoria, inside a great complex in the North-Western extremity of the Giara, in the area of Serri. Pilgrims used to come from all over the Island to this Sanctuary as can be seen from the Sanctuary's architectural richness. Beside the buildings for cult worship and the accommodation for priests and believers, there were communal spaces where the headmen held meetings and spaces for markets, singing and dances.
The religiousness of the nuragic people is also shown by other cult temples, the so called megaron temples, of which very few examples are known, like the two temples of Serra Orrios in Dorgali and the megaron in Esterzili. These sacred places are reminiscent of similar Greek buildings with their long rectangular layout and doubled entrance "in antis" and testify to contacts with the Aegean World, which has been confirmed by the finding of Mycenaean ceramics in nuragic contexts.
  Serri - The well temple of Santa Vittoria
ImageSerri - The well temple of Santa Vittoria

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