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The nuraghe Santu Antine

The nuraghe Santu Antine 368
Titolo: The nuraghe Santu Antine
Autore: Contu Ercole
Editore: Carlo Delfino editore
Data di pubblicazione: 1988
Luogo di pubblicazione: Sassari
Abstract: "The nuraghe of Santu Antine is situated near Torralba, about 50 km from Sassari, on the table-land of Meilogu, in an area called Cabu Abbas. It can be reached from the Cagliar-Sassari-Porto Torres highway taking the exit to Thiesi-Torralba at km 172 and then following the sign to the Torralba railway station. It is indicated by special sign posts and it is only few hundred metres from the highway, about halfway between this and the Torralba railway station, and 4 km away from the village (where a small archaeological and ethnographical museum is going to be opened). The nuraghe is named after Santu Antine or Santine (that is, St. Constantine), but is better known under the popular name of Sa Domo de su Re-the ‘House of the King’, the nuragic royal palace. It is sorrounded by about ten minor nuraghi, one of the nearest and most important (and for this reason treated in a separate chapter) being the Nuraghe Oes at Giave, situated in the South-East near the railway, at about 800 metres from Santu Antine as the crow flies" (Foreward)

Descrizione: The guide - written by the archaeologist Ercole Contu - describes the palace of Santu Antine, which overlooks the "Valle dei nuraghi" in the territory of Torralba, one of the best known Nuragic strongholds of the island. The ancient palace is formed by a central – three floors - tower of about 17 metres, hemmed in a trilobate bastion with three small towers. Santu Antine is one of the most valuable building created by the good architects of the Nuragic Age. They were able to erect high towers with ingenious architectural systems, which are studied even today. Around the palace remain the ruins of a nuragic village which was inhabited in Roman times as well.