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Crypt of Santa Restituta

Crypt of Santa Restituta

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Opening hours:

Open every day.
From 5 October to 31 May: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ffrom 1 June to 4 October: 10:00 am - 2:00pm / 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

Closed on December 25th and January 1st.

Ticket office closes 20 minutes before the closing time.

In order to ensure the respect of social distancing measures, we recommend to book your visit in advance.
Contacts:
- phone +39 366 2562826
- e-mail info@beniculturalicagliari.it

Prices:

Euro 2,00 full price ticket;
Euro 1,00 reduced price ticket for students under 26 y.o. and seniors over 65 y.o.;
Euro 1,00 reduced price ticket for groups of at least 15 people;
Free entrance for disabled visitors and accompanying people.

Euro 5,50 guided tour to the Crypt of Saint Restituta, the Crypt of Saint Efisio and the Church of Saint Efisio;
Euro 5,00 guided tour to the Crypt of Saint Restituta and the Crypt of Saint Efisio;
Euro 4,00 guided tour to the Crypt of Saint Efisio and the Church of Saint Efisio.

Euro 4,50 guided tour to the Crypt of Saint Restituta, the Crypt of Saint Efisio and the Church of Saint Efisio for students under 26 y.o. and visitors over 65 y.o.;
Euro 4,00 guided tour to the Crypt of Saint Restituta and the Crypt of Saint Efisio for students under 26 y.o. and visitors over 65 y.o..

Euro 4,00 guided tour to the Crypt of Saint Restituta, the Crypt of Saint Efisio and the Church of Saint Efisio for groups of at least 15 people;
Euro 3,50 guided tour to the Crypt of Saint Restituta and the Crypt of Saint Efisio for groups of at least 15 people;
Euro 3,50 guided tour to the Crypt of Saint Restituta and the Church of Saint Efisio for groups of at least 15 people;
Euro 3,50 guided tour to the Tigellio's Villa and the Crypt of Saint Efisio for groups of at least 15 people.

Free admission for disabled visitors and their companion.


COMBINED TICKETS

Cultural Sites
- 6 euro for the combined ticket including the Cultural Sites (Roman Amphitheatre, Crypt of Santa Restituta, Tigellio's Villa and the Viper's Cave) valid for 1 day

Cultural Sites + Civic Museums (suspended)
(on the occasion of temporary exhibitions at the Civic Museums)
- 15 euro for the combined ticket including the Civic Museums (Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Former Town Hall, Siamese Art Museum Stefano Cardu) and the Cultural Sites (Roman Amphitheatre, Crypt of Santa Restituta, Tigellio's Villa and the Viper's Cave) valid for 2 weeks
- 12 euro (only for residents in the Metropolitan Area of Cagliari) for the combined ticket including the Civic Museums (Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Former Town Hall, Siamese Art Museum Stefano Cardu) and the Cultural Sites (Roman Amphitheatre, Crypt of Santa Restituta, Tigellio's Villa and the Viper's Cave) valid for 2 weeks
(without temporary exhibitions at the Civic Museums)
- 13 euro for the combined ticket including the Civic Museums (Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Former Town Hall, Siamese Art Museum Stefano Cardu) and the Cultural Sites (Roman Amphitheatre, Crypt of Santa Restituta, Tigellio's Villa and the Viper's Cave) valid for 2 weeks
- 10 euro (only for residents in the Metropolitan Area of Cagliari) for the combined ticket including the Civic Museums (Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Former Town Hall, Siamese Art Museum Stefano Cardu) and the Cultural Sites (Roman Amphitheatre, Crypt of Santa Restituta, Tigellio's Villa and the Viper's Cave) valid for 2 weeks

The crypt is in part a natural cave, in a measure dug into the rock; it is situated below the church of Santa Restituta, in the ancient Stampace district.
Crypt of Santa Restituta

Throughout history the crypt has had different uses: in the late-Punic Period it was probably a quarry of limestone blocks; subsequently it became a place of worship; it was later re-used as an amphoras storage until the first century AD; then it was abandoned for twelve centuries, before being re-used as a place of worship. There was another period of neglect, caused by the increasing success of the nearby new churches of St. Anna and St. Francesco. At the beginning of the sixteenth century it was rediscovered and cleaned again. The crypt consists of a large central room connected to the outside by two staircases carved into the rock. The walls were decorated with paintings, of which it is now visible that of St. John the Baptist with his right hand in blessing, dated to the thirteenth century. On the main altar is placed the marble statue of Santa Restituta, while on the minor altar were the simulacrums of the Saints Giusta, Giustina and Enedina.

Following the finding of the relics in 1614, the Bishop of Cagliari, Francisco Desquivel, ordered some embellishment works: the raising of the altar and the creation of three recesses, in the central one there were the relics of the four saints and the statue of Restituta; and in both sides, probably, there were the statues of Eusebio, Bishop of Vercelli, and abbess Eusebia, that were, according to tradition, the children of Santa Restituta. On the west side there is another altar placed on an existing cistern and bell. On the same side, there is also a space called Schola Sanctae Restitutae, which is the place where, according to tradition, the saint would have given lessons to the children of the neighborhood. During the Second World War, the crypt was re-used by Cagliaritani people as a shelter; the saint's relics were hidden in the church of St. Anne to protect them from bombing. They lay abandoned until the rediscovery in 1997, in a seventeenth-century wooden urn, covered with fabric and bearing a scroll that identifies them as relics of Santa Restituta.

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