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Galleria dello Sperone

Galleria dello Sperone

This element belongs to the categories: Archaeological areas

Opening hours:

From Monday 1 June the Covered Walkway and the Sperone Gallery archaeological path are open every day, according to the following opening times: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm / 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
Entrance from the Saint Remy Bastion staircase.

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:

Tickets for the Covered Walkway and the Sperone Gallery:
- full ticket: 3 euro;
- reduced-price ticket: 2 euro (students up to the age of 26, people over 65 years old, groups at least of 15 people);
- reduced-price ticket for classes: 1 euro
- free admission for children under 6 years old, disabled visitors and their companion, teachers accompanying their classes and journalists.

Additional charge for guided tour: 3 euro per person.

The Galleria dello Sperone is located near the Lion Gate in the Castle. Though it used to serve as a prison, it was mainly a defensive structure with underground passages and an embrasure.
Galleria dello Sperone

The Sperone Gallery is a part of those structures built by the architect and military engineer Rocco Cappellino to protect Cagliari from 16th-century Muslim military incursions. Convened by Charles V, he created the first modern defence project in Sardinia, made up of towers, ramparts, fortified cities and castles.

The Gallery was also built with the aim of embellishing the buildings of the Bastion, which had the front to the sea. Its internal environment is called "vaulted casemate" and it was used for military usage. It also took the name of "Cannoniera" because it placed a cannon whose shot crossed with that of the cannon positioned in the Bastion of the Balice, which is located in University street. This new defensive technique served to protect the “Porta dei Due Leoni”, the entrance to the gallery, which was the only access from the south to the fortified city.

Inside the Gallery there also was an access road that led the condemned to death to “Piazza D’Armi”.

One of the areas was used as a prison. In another room there was, however, a public cistern that distributed water in the Castello area.

An internal part of the gallery was also used as an air-raid shelter during the Second World War.

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