Cagliari Turismo, the tourist portal of the City of Cagliari
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From Monday to Saturday, from 10:30 am to 12:30 am and from 5pm-8:30 pm.
On Sunday and public holidays, 10am-12pm / 7pm-9pm.
Free guided tours:
From Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm (not available during Christmas holidays and in January. On request, and especially on Wednesday, guided tours held also in French). Visits are made by the volunteers of the Church in Italian and English. Descriptive leaflets available also in Russian.
St. Michele's church was built over St. Michele's and St. Egidio's oratory, at the end of 17th century, as headquarters of the Jesuit order. It is located next to the ancient "House of the Novitiate", where today there is the Military Hospital, and both share the same entrance. Architecture, decorations, sculptures and pictures shielded inside , make the Church one of the most important example of Baroque art in the city.
The inside has an irregular octagonal plan, with four communicating chapels for each side, and morever, it is very rich in decorations; frescos, plasters, polychrome marbles and sculptures represent the great part of decors.
A vestry with a rectangular form was built at the end of 18th century, in Rococo style, extremely rich in decors,frescos,pictures, floors and front doors :among them, we can find selected pictures representing " The Rosarium Misteries", and sculptures by the Sardinian artisan Giuseppe Antonio Lonis, representing "The Passion Misteries", which during the Holy Week, are carried around the street.