Happy New Year

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At year’s end, I like remembering, reflecting, introspecting and relaxing a bit and before resuming, wishing you a happy new year of 2013.


Cagliari Cross Roads

Cagliari-Piazza Giacomo Matteotti

Spherical Pano Cagliari Cross Roads

Major Sardinian transport ways meet at Piazza Giacomo Matteotti (1885 – 1924), the central city Cagliari cross roads. Standing near the bust for the national hero, ‘a Verdi 1919’ it reads, so may it be the composer honoring the leader of the socialist party and strong opponent of Benito Mussolini (1883 – 1945), who was murdered with a carpenter’s file in 1924, a year before Italian fascists grabbed power and installed dictatorship in Italy; you turn around clockwise and see the port, the bus station, the railway station, the Catalan-Gothic town hall with Liberty style decorations (Palazzo Civico, 1907), the avenue of largo Carlo Felice (King of Sardinia, 1821 – 1831) and the boulevard of via Roma (1883). Continue reading

San Sepolcro Church


Spherical pano of the San Sepolcro Chrurch

The San Sepolcro Church was seat of the Archconfraternity of Death and Prayer (mortis et orationis) founded in Rome (1536). Around it were once scattered clods of dirt originating from Christ’s burial ground Golgotha or Mount Calvary and since then the surroundings served to bury the poor, the abandoned and those sentenced to death. The barrel-shaped small church was build on top of a Paleo-Christian baptismal font dating back to the fourth century and the site of worship was probably even older as witnessed by some artefacts from the first and second century. Continue reading

Little Funny Figurines

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Zoomable collage of little funny figurines

Mankind is distinguished from any other species in the kingdom of animals by its ability to handle fire and in metal rich Sardinia; the progress in the art of making heat and metallurgy is first witnessed by the appearance of little funny figurines, made of bronze (1000 oC) about 4000 years ago before the arrival of the Age of Iron (1500 oC) some 1000 years later when copper became scarce. At least 7000 prehistoric sites are scattered on the island, consisting of the remains of sacred wells, burial tombs, towers, huts and in the end even castles surrounded by villages, all made of stones stacked without cement by the people of the Nuragic civilization of the Bronze Age. Continue reading