Alghero

Mettiti comodo, Il tuo viaggio verso la Riviera del Corallo inizia ora.

Alghero

Mettiti comodo, Il tuo viaggio verso la Riviera del Corallo inizia ora.

Hypogeic necropolis of Anghelu Ruju

Immediately inland from the city, surrounded by highly prized vineyards, you come across the hypogeic necropolis of Anghelu Ruju: 38 tombs linked together and carved out of the soft Nurra limestone. The tombs at Anghelu Ruju form one of the most important complexes of "domus de janas" (meaning "houses of the fairies" or of the "witches") on the island, and are among the most important examples to be found anywhere in the Mediterranean.

 

In use from as far back as the Recent Neolithic (3500 B.C.), this "village of the dead" was uncovered in 1903. To this day, it still impresses visitors with the sacred nature of its sepulchres and the magical/religious character of the decorative elements that embellish the tombs.