Santa Maria del Regno

Ardara, Italy

Santa Maria del Regno church, together with the annexed castle of which ruins remain today, was built in the 11th century by Giorgia, daughter of the Giudice of Torres, as a Palace Chapel. The church is mentioned in the Libellus Judicum Turritanorum of the 13th century.

The church was built in dark basalt stone by Pisan workers (the island in the Middle Ages was under strong influence from the maritime Republic of Pisa). The façade is divided into five sectors and has a salient-shaped façade. In the middle is the portal, surmounted by a double mullioned window. The whole exterior of the edifice is characterized by false columns (lesenes) and Lombard bands; on the right are the remains of the square bell tower, which is missing the upper part.

The interior, on a rectangular plan, has a nave and two aisles divided by columns whose capitals have flower motifs. The nave has a wooden trusses ceiling, while the aisles are groin vaulted. In the semi-circular apse is the large retablo, the largest 16th-century polyptych in Sardinia, located behind the high altar. The table portrays several prophets and saints, as well as episodes in the life of the Virgin Mary. In the middle, within a niche, is the wooden statue of Nostra Signora del Regno, a 'Madonna with Child' wearing royal symbols. The polyptych is dated 1515.

The church's columns have 17th-century paintings with Apostles and other Saints, while also present is a lesser retablo from the same school, a carved wooden pulpit and an epigraph celebrating the consecration of the church on May 7, 1107.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Fabio Fontana (16 months ago)
When you get close to this church it seems to enter another world, almost like in a book by Umberto Eco. The outside is gorgeous. Unfortunately, it was not possible to visit the interior because it opens on Tuesdays. (I went on Monday). Anyway it is worth going there
AGB (2 years ago)
Romanesque church of the eleventh century. The plan is longitudinal and has 3 naves and 9 spans. The central nave is subtended by an exposed wooden truss, the 2 side aisles by cross vaults. The facade has salient features and has countless Romanesque testimonies including a mullioned window, a blind arch and 4 pilasters. From the side it is possible to see the cleristorio and the single lancet windows. The apse is single and majestically overlooks the valley.
pts pts (2 years ago)
Sadly, not open. Beautiful place with very nice pictures.
pts pts (2 years ago)
Sadly, not open. Beautiful place with very nice pictures.
Vadim Cherny (3 years ago)
Excellent sample of 12 century Romanesque architecture cast in black volcanic stone.
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