Nuraghe Santu Antine

Torralba, Italy

Nuraghe Santu Antine, also known as 'Sa domo de su re' ('The house of the king') is an ancient megalithic edifice built by the Nuragic Civilization in Torralba, one of the largest in Sardinia. It is located in the centre of the Cabu Abbas plain. The main structure was built around the 19-18th century BC, and the other parts of the nuraghe date back to the 17th–15th century BC. The main tower originally reached a height of 23–24 metres and contains three tholoi chambers on top of each other. The central tower with diameter of 15 metres is 17 metres high. Santu Antine is made of huge basalt blocks. It has three floors. The top floor is now gone. Some 27 meters long corridors built with the corbel arch technique can be observed inside of the Nuraghe, superimposed on two floors, the Nuraghe was provided with three wells.

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Founded: 1800-1400 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Kesha Bullock (12 months ago)
I'm not sure what I was expecting when we bought our tickets, but I got more! This place is so cool! My husband and I could have easily spent hours exploring. From the outside, it doesn't seem like much, but once you go in, there is so much to see. Just when you think you have turned a corner and reached the end, there is another hallway or staircase, so just keep exploring. If you're in to history and architecture, this place is for you. Not to mention the many different views it has to offer! The steps are treacherous, so wear comfortable shoes or even sneakers/boots.
Joanna S. H. (13 months ago)
Must see! Well preserved and presented (lighting and signs around the sight). There is a free Audioguide-App (Santu Antine) which is perfect: just the right amount of information and length of the audios.
Margherita Donati (2 years ago)
A beautifully preserved Nuraghe in the Logudoro region of Sardinia ( Northwest). The site is well organised for individual or group tours, with a ticket office/souvenir shop, a bar with snacks and hot and cold drinks, and public restrooms. The full price ticket is 8€, which is fair since it goes to the maintenance expenses. You can take a walk all around and inside the Nuraghe, up to the top terrace, which offers an astounding view of the valley. There is no wheelchair nor assisted access to the upper levels, that you can reach by a very steep and tall set of stone steps, so keep this in mind when you visit. There are informative panels all around, to explain the history and architecture of the site.
Jơana dơѕ Sanтơѕ (2 years ago)
“The house of the King”, a megalithic compound “built between the Middle Bronze Age (16th century) and the Iron Age (9th century BC)”. Made with basalt blocks, used to have three floors. Some coming studies, shown how its structure is oriented following the solstices.
Patrik Tůma (3 years ago)
Is worth the visit despite the high entrance fee. One you're inside of this unbelievably for the time when build monumental complex, you really feel humility before the ability to build of our ancestors. The inner corridors, stairs, terrace, thickness of walls all built to preserve its inhabitants still standing after some 3000 years...
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