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Elephant Tower

Elephant Tower

This element belongs to the categories: Garrison defence, Monuments, Towers

Opening hours:

Visitors are allowed to climb up to the fourth floor. The summit of the tower is not open to the public.

Opening times:
- from Tuesday to Sunday, 9am-4pm.

The Elephant Tower can only be visited accompanied by a guide. Guided tours depart every hour and the entrance is allowed to a maximum 10 people at a time.
Guided tours schedule: 9:15 am / 10:15 am / 11:15 am / 12:15 pm / 1:15 pm / 2:15 pm / 3:15 pm.
For safety reasons, children under 12 years old are not allowed to visit the tower.

Advance reservation is requested.
For information and reservations:
- (phone) +39 3662562826;
- (phone) +39 0706670168;
- (e-mail) info@beniculturalicagliari.it;
- (Facebook page) Beni Culturali Cagliari.

Prices:

Ticket office is located in scalette Santa Croce n.2, spazio Ex ISOLA.

Full ticket: € 3,00
Reduced-price ticket for students under 26 years old, visitors over 65 years old and Cagliari Botanical Garden ticket holders: € 2,00
Reduced-price ticket for school groups: € 1,00
Free admission for people with disabilities and their carers (NB: the tower has no ramps to provide disabled access).

Defensive structure designed by the local architect Giovanni Capula and built by the Pisans in 1307.
Elephant Tower

At the beginning of the fourteenth century, Pisa, in response to the threatening Aragon rise in the Mediterranean Sea, erected impressive towers in order to reinforce its stronghold in the south of Sardinia. Designed by the Sardinian architect Giovanni Capula, the Elephant Tower and the St. Pancras Tower were praised for their uniqueness, and, in 1535, Charles V, the powerful sovereign of the Holy Roman Empire, included them among the best military works of the entire Europe.
Completed in 1307, with its walls of thick limestone blocks, its narrow loopholes and its  heavy gates, the Elephant Tower protected the south-western side of Castello; developed on four levels with a total height of more than thirty metres, it was also an excellent lookout station against any possible attack from the sea.
Even today it is one of the most striking accesses to Castello, while in the past it was also used as a powder magazine, armoury and prison.
In comparison to the St. Pancras Tower, the Elephant Tower is more well-refined and it is also decorated by the marble statue of an elephant, exposed on the facade, perhaps a symbol of the  Pisan maritime power.
Restored to its original appearance, nowadays the Elephant Tower is open to visitors, by the entrance at the right side of the church of St. Joseph.

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