I should really be catching up on my blogging, because these photos were taken August last year, on our very first road trip to Alghero. We left our home in San Teodoro in the northeast early in the morning and did a couple of stops on the way to the other side of the island of Sardegna.

Our first stop was for coffee and panini at one of the best places to get it from: Mesu e Rios. It is in the middle of nowhere but one shouldn’t miss it!

Mesu e Rios Snack Bar, Italy
Mesu e Rios Snack Bar, Italy
Mesu e Rios Snack Bar, Italy
Mesu e Rios Snack Bar, Italy
Mesu e Rios Snack Bar, Italy

We drove away shortly and were back in the highway passing rolling hills and fields filled with sheeps, horses, and cows.

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

And there it was – the Basilica di Saccargia.

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

As expected, it was full of tourists, on tourist buses and private cards alike. There is a snack bar and good pay toilets.

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

“The Basilica della Santissima Trinità di Saccargia (English: “Basilica of the Holy Trinity of Saccargia”) is a church in the comune of Codrongianos, northern Sardinia, Italy. It is the most important Romanesque site in the island. The construction is entirely in local stone (black basalt and white limestone), with a typical appearance of Tuscan Romanesque style.”

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

“The church was finished in 1116 over the ruins of a pre-existing monastery, and consecrated on October 5 of the same year. Its construction was ordered by the giudice (judge) of Torres. It was entrusted to Camaldolese monks who here founded an abbey. It was later enlarged in Pisane style, including the addition of the tall bell tower. The portico on the façade is also probably a late addition, and is attributed to workers from Lucca.”

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

“The church was abandoned in the 16th century, until it was restored and reopened in the early 20th century.”

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

Last year I was traveling with a 50mm lens, thus the shots.

For more information on the architecture, please visit this link.

The basilica is right by the road, so one cannot miss it.

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

The basilica is 12 km from Sassari, in the municipality of Codrongianos. It is reached along a short stretch of road No. 131 in the direction of Oristano and then taking the road No. 597 in the direction of Olbia, along which, after about a kilometer, is the church.

It is absolutely beautiful during the day.

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

And even more so at night.

SS. Trinita di Saccargia, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

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