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This tour is highly recommended to those who wish to visit some of the most important places of worship in town and discover the true soul of its four historical districts.
The Old Way of the Cross

Once the focus of the entire Holy Week, the Way of the Cross in Cagliari used to be a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ's Passion, depicted on fourteen artistic sculptures, placed outside the holiest places of the old town.
This tour will take you on an astonishing excursion of Cagliari's charming historic downtown, letting you experience the beauty of ancient churches, old narrow streets and breathtaking views.

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Legs of the route

  • A

    Church of Santa Rosalia

    Via Torino

    The church is located in a high area of Marina district, near piazza Costituzione. Dates from fifteenth century and was built as a vote to Santa Rosalia for the frequent plagues. The church contains the relics of San Salvador da Horta, for this reason is also known as the Church of San Salvatore.

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  • B

    Church of San Giacomo

    Piazza San Giacomo, 3

    It was probably erected around the 14th century in the Catalan Gothic style, then restored in the 18th and 19th century. It preserves a wooden sculpted group and an earthen Lamentation, both dating back to the 15th century, as well as a 1769 organ.

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  • C

    Church of San Giovanni

    Via San Giovanni, 83

    Probably erected around 1400, this small church is the seat of the "Arciconfraternita della Solitudine", which curates the traditional Holy Week procession. The 17th century wooden Crucifix safeguarded inside the church is carried in procession to the Cathedral on Good Friday.

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  • D

    Church of San Domenico

    Piazza San Domenico, 4
    Via XXIV Maggio

    It was built in the 50s on the ruins of the ancient Catalan Gothic church, destroyed by the bombings of 1943. Its remains can be seen in the crypt, also called lower church, which can be visited, along with the cloister, from via XXIV Maggio.

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  • E

    Church of San Cesello

    Via San Giovanni

    Built in 1702 near "Porta Cavagna", which once linked the district of Villanova with the nearby countryside, it was dedicated to San Cesello as in the 6th century, according to lore, soldier Lussorio was martyred with two childrens called Camerino e Cesello.

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  • F

    Church of San Mauro

    Via San Giovanni, 279

    The Church of san Mauro is located in the ancient Villanova district and dates back to 1650. Once, in the same area was the Church of Vergine della Salute.

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  • G

    Conservatory of the Daughters of Providence

    Piazza Indipendenza

    The Conservatory of the Daughters of Providence dates back to 1831. Formerly was a College for nobles and in the nineteenth century home to a charitable institution for orphans. Its wide Neoclassical facade dominates the east side of Piazza Indipende

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  • H

    Basilica of Santa Croce

    Piazza Santa Croce

    Formerly a Sinagogue, it stands in an area that once was the Jewish ghetto. It was converted into a Catholic church after the expulsion of the Jews from Cagliari around 1500. It keeps works by Sardinian painter Giuseppe Deris.

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  • I

    Archbishop’s Palace

    Piazza Palazzo, 4

    The building, is home and residence of the Archbishop of Cagliari from the XII century.

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  • J

    Church Madonna della Pietà

    Scalette Monache Cappuccine, 12

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  • K

    ST. Anna's church

    Via Azuni

    The church is located in the old Stampace district, a short walk from Piazza Yenne, where once was an ancient church dating back to Pisan period. In front of the church is a large staircase; the facade is in a style called "Barocchetto Piemontese".

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  • L

    Church of Sant'Agostino

    Via Baylle, 80

    The Church of Sant'Agostino was built around 1577 in Renaissance style, in Marina district; the main entrance is located in via Baylle but there is a secondary entrance that leads to Largo Carlo Felice.

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  • M

    Church of San Giuseppe Calasanzio

    Piazzetta San Giuseppe

    It was built between the 17th and the 18th century in the Baroque style by the Piarist Fathers, as the coat of arms above the portal testify. The church keeps one of the bombs dropped on the nearby Boarding School during the French siege of 1793.

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  • N

    Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    Piazza San Sepolcro

    This Monumental Church rich in interesting art works was founded, according to some sources, by the Templars in the 13th century. Below the church is an impressive Crypt.

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