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Bauladu and surroundings

A journey through the history of Sardinia

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Where is


09070 Bauladu OR, Italia (0m s.l.m.)


What it is and where it is

We are in Bauladu, one of the most fertile municipalities in the Oristano area characterized by the stupendous views that can be enjoyed from the town, along with the valuable archaeological heritage, which make this village a place not to be missed.

Why it is special: a trip around Bauladu

Near the village we find the archaeological park of Santa Barbara. Here we find a Domus de janas, a funerary monument dating back to the Ozieri Culture developed in the Final Neolithic, and the remains of the Nuraghe Complex of Santa Barbara, on the top of the basaltic hill, overlooking westward the Campidano of Oristano. It dates to the prehistoric era, as does the village of which few remains. Also noteworthy is the Nuraghe Crabia, which is very well preserved and can be visited through its steps leading to its summit to enjoy an exciting view.

Not to be missed: downtown Bauladu.

But Bauladu also does not disdain a visit to its town center, where the two churches of San Lorenzo Martire and San Gregorio Magno rise imposingly. The church of San Lorenzo Martire is Bauladu's oldest surviving church, built, by Camaldolese monks from the monastery of Santa Maria di Bonarcado, behind a beautiful garden and half-hidden by a wall located behind the Old Cemetery. The Church of St. Gregory the Great, on the other hand, is the parish church of Bauladu and represents the artistic apex of Bauladu architecture.

A bit of history

The terrritory of Bauladu has been inhabited since Nuragic times, and the earliest evidence is represented by the nuraghe San Lorenzo. In the Middle Ages it came under various authorities, and then again until the 19th century. After becoming an autonomous municipality, it was aggregated with Milis as a hamlet in 1927, and then became a separate municipality again in 1946.

Fun fact: When to come to Bauladu?

During the year there are many festivities. In April there is the characteristic literary festival Ananti de Sa Ziminera, that is, in front of the fireplace, with a rich program of literary meetings, author music and tastings in Campidanese homes. Then we move on to the classics, such as the carnival in February, the feast of Santa Vittoria on May 15, with a beautiful bonfire, and again in June the feast of St. John the Baptist and the Sheep and Cheese Festival. In August it is the turn of the feast of St. Lawrence and the Feast of the Emigrant, and then in September there is the patronal feast of St. Gregory the Great. There is never a dull moment!

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