Not far from the charming town of Alghero there is the Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju, one of the most important and fascinating archaeological sites in Sardinia. Discovered by chance in 1903, this ancient necropolis offers visitors a unique experience, in a place where time seems to have stopped.

A landscape marked by history

As soon as we arrive at the necropolis, we immerse ourselves in a landscape that evokes tranquility and mystery, surrounded by vineyards and rolling hills. The silence of the place is broken only by the singing of birds and the rustling of the wind in the branches of the trees…

Road in Anghelu Ruju
Among the meadows in the historic site

We walk along the paths leading to the tombs, observing carefully… The necropolis, which dates back to the pre-Nuragic period (about 3300-2800 BC), is composed of a series of hypogea, dug into the limestone rock and used over the centuries.

Charm of ancient times

Each tomb holds a different story, with its unique decorations and features, offering a fascinating glimpse into the rites and customs of a distant time. The structure of these artificial caves varies, depending on the period of construction and the characteristics of the terrain: the oldest ones are well-shaped with an irregular plan, while the most recent ones have a more regular corridor structure, generally arranged in a T or radial pattern.

Excavations in the Necropolis
The necropolis

Inside, there is no shortage of details and decorations: steps, pillars, frames, engravings…
During the archaeological excavations, numerous artefacts were recovered, including pottery, jewellery, votive figurines, which testify that the necropolis was used for a long time.

Domus de Janas, Fertilia
At the door of the Domus
Inside the domus

A visit to the Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju is undoubtedly a rewarding experience, an exciting immersion in the landscape and history of Sardinia.


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