Pozzo Sacro di Sa Testa

Olbia, Italy

One of the Gallura area’s most characteristic Nuragic landmarks is a sacred well where water worship rituals were performed. Pozzo Sacro di Sa Testa (The Holy Well of Sa Testa). It dates to between 15th and 13th centuries BCE and sits just outside of the town of Olbia. It is just under 18 metres long and made of granite, trachyte and schist cut into blocks that were then carefully finished. The external part is reminiscent of a door and symbolizes the gateway that separates the world of the dead from that of the living. The shrine has a circular courtyard, a vestibule, a small hallway between the courtyard and the well, and steps that lead down to the water at the bottom.

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Founded: 1400-1200 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Americana Monki (2 years ago)
A somewhat minor ancient attraction with a major supermarket located next to it. The walk from the parking is short with some adorably gardened and marked vegetation located all along the way. A perfect place to find out how the Rosemary is different from an Olive tree or show your children how to do so
Sandra Giles (2 years ago)
A sacred space to stop and meditate
Richard Taylor (2 years ago)
Nice and pleasant. Not much else to see
Annalise Falzon (2 years ago)
Very peaceful unique bronze age site of a sacred well. Was free to access and bus stop is nearby -just 10 mins from olbia train station area. Very well kept - also with nice botanic signposts. Visit the nearby beach after to get splendid views to Tavolara
Jiří Svoboda (4 years ago)
Easy to park a car, easy access. New path leading to the well. Nice a clean monument.
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