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The spirit of Ichnusa

La processione degli scalzi (the procession of barefooted), Cabras

La corsa degli scalzi, the run of the barefooted, Cabras

Also this trip came to the end. We were not barefooted, like the 1,000 runners of Cabras (click on the picture to zoom in), whose yearly procession revives the rescue of Saint John’s statue from the Turkish Ottomans, who invaded the place in 1619. After hundreds of kms along the West Coast of Sardegna up to the North shores of Stintino. Across dozens of beaches, historical towns and old ruins. A trip pointed with delightful stopovers in the regions of Oristano and Alghero, explored in September 2017 by Lorenzo Borghi and Maria Francesca. Thanks for following it, below the 9 episodes of Ichnusa

  1. Ichnusa
  2. Cross over to the other side
  3. Prominent
  4. Paradise comes at a price
  5. Paraiso
  6. Ichnusa tones
  7. Mare nostrum
  8. Remains
  9. The spirit of Ichnusa

 

 

 

 

Remains

Tharros archeological area, Sinis peninsula

Tharros archeological area, Sinis peninsula

 

Rock conveyors, Montecchio mine

Rock conveyors, Montecchio mine

 

Worker barracks, Montecchio mine

Worker barracks, Montecchio mine

 

Mine train, Montecchio mine

Mine train, Montecchio mine

 

Nuraghe, Santa Cristina

Nuraghe, Santa Cristina

 

This photo series is part of the reportage Ichnusa. Click each picture to zoom in.

Mare nostrum

Surfers, S'Archittu di Cuglieri

Surfers, S’Archittu di Cuglieri

 

Dolphin watchers, Mare Morto, Cabras

Dolphin watchers, Mare Morto, Cabras

 

Comoran, Capo San Marco, Sinis peninsula

Comoran, Capo San Marco, Sinis peninsula

 

Sas praneddas, S'archittu di Cuglieri

Sas praneddas, S’archittu di Cuglieri

 

Natural arch, S'archittu di Cuglieri

Natural arch, S’archittu di Cuglieri

 

Flattened sun, West coast, Sardegna

Flattened sun, West coast, Sardegna

This photo series is part of the reportage Ichnusa. Click each picture to zoom in.

Ichnusa tones

Mine museum, Montevecchio

Mine museum, Montevecchio

 

Higher town, Bosa

Higher town, Bosa

 

Through the streets of Bosa

Through the streets of Bosa

 

Through the streets of Bosa

Through the streets of Bosa

 

Through the streets of Bosa

Through the streets of Bosa

 

Entrance to the old town, Alghero

Entrance to the old town, Alghero

 

This photo series is part of the reportage Ichnusa. Click each picture to zoom in.

Paraíso

Postcards from the West Coast of Sardegna.

The shallow waters of Mesa longa beach, Sinis peninsula

The shallow waters of Mesa longa beach, Sinis peninsula

 

The bay of S'archittu du Cuglieri in a windy day

The bay of S’archittu du Cuglieri in a windy day

 

The banks of Sas praneddas from Torre su puttu

The banks of Sas praneddas from Torre su puttu

 

The old town of Alghero from the coastal SP105 highway

The old town of Alghero from the coastal SP105 highway

 

Caccia cape (back) and Giglio cape (front), Alghero bay

Caccia cape (back) and Giglio cape (front) around Conte bay

 

This photo series is part of the reportage Ichnusa. Click each picture to zoom in.

Paradise comes at a price

Pictures shot at “La pelosa” beach, on the Stintino peninsula.

This photo series is part of the reportage Ichnusa. Click each picture to zoom in.

Prominent

Man made structures stick out of the panorama. It seems they could stand time for thousand years more. Like the two columns of  the Phoenician ruins of Tharros … if only archeologist did not build them in the XXth century to obtain grants at support of  the archeological site…

The fake columns (but original capital on one top) at Tharros, Sinis peninsula

The fake columns (but original capital on one top) at Tharros, Sinis peninsula

 

The foundry furnace, Montevecchio mine, where the mining tools were forged.

The foundry furnace, Montevecchio mine, where the mining tools were forged.

 

Vintage petrol station from the Italian petrol agency Agip, Montevecchio

Vintage petrol station from the Italian petrol agency Agip, Montevecchio

 

The Spanish gagliarda (armed with cannon) tower of San Giovanni, Sinis peninsula

The Spanish gagliarda (armed with cannon) tower of San Giovanni, Sinis peninsula

 

The mine shaft Sartori in Montevecchio mine. This is the lift entrance to the mine

The mine shaft Sartori in Montevecchio mine. This is the lift entrance to the mine

 

The Sullivan air compressor, from early XXth century, Montevecchio mine. Still working nowadays, with its 10124 Watts Sullivan could give power to the compressed-air mining machinery of Montevecchio.

The Sullivan air compressor, from early XXth century, Montevecchio mine.

 

This photo series is part of the reportage Ichnusa. Click each picture to zoom in.

Cross over to the other side

Passages allow entering the unknown, but not always they lead to somewhere else. This is the case of Sardegna sacred water wells, built by natives around 3,0000 years ago at protection of water sources. Passages can also split what is aside, like San Marco cape: on one side the always calm Mare Morto (dead sea), on the other side the waves of the open sea. Or passages may indeed lead to the other side, but just to let you enjoy the panorama in between. Click each picture to zoom in.

Sacred water well, Santa Cristina

Sacred water well, Santa Cristina

 

The path through San Marco cape, Sinis peninsula

The path through San Marco cape, Sinis peninsula

 

Entrance to the mine shafts, Montevecchio mining area

Entrance to the mine shafts, Montevecchio mining area

 

Natural limestone arch, S'archittu di Cuglieri

Natural limestone arch, S’archittu di Cuglieri

 

Bridge to the white quartz beach of Mari Ermi

Bridge to the white quartz beach of Mari Ermi

 

Town gate through the thick, Medieval Spanish walls, Alghero

Town gate through the thick, Medieval Spanish walls, Alghero

 

Bridge across the Tanui river towards Mare Morto, Cabras

Bridge across the Tanui river towards Mare Morto, Cabras

 

This photo series is part of the reportage Ichnusa.

Ichnusa

Ichnusa was the Latin name for Sardegna, the second-largest Mediterranean island after Sicily. For its position in Mare nostrum and for the thousands of prehistoric towers adorning its shores and flat-lands (aka nuraghe), Sardegna was suggested to be home to the mythical civilization of Atlantis.

Today Sardegna is one of the most attractive summer destinations in Europe. But there is more than waves and sand.  Sardegna was the crossroad for Nuragic, Phoenician (Punic) and Latin civilizations: remains of these times are well preserved through the island.   Spanish (Catalan) influences are still strong in the architecture of west-coast cities. Marine sanctuaries are rich in flora and fauna biodiversity (as already documented here, here and here).  Last but not least, industrial and megalithic archeology sites invite the exploration of this island also far from the coastal line.

Ichnusa is the title of this new ARTBorghi photo-reportage, after the positive experience of Japan of mine previously on this blog. Enjoy Ichnusa and its treasures in the upcoming weeks! Pictures shot by Lorenzo Borghi, edited together with Maria Francesca.

  1. Cross over to the other side
  2. Prominent
  3. Paradise comes at a price
  4. Paraiso
  5. Ichnusa tones
  6. Mare nostrum
  7. Remains

 

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