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the temple of Antas and the caves of Su Mannau
(Fluminimaggiore (CI) - Sardegna)
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the temple of Antas and the caves of Su Mannau
(Fluminimaggiore (CI) - Sardegna)

We visited the temple of Antas many years ago and in our opinion it is one of the most fascinating place in Sardinia; unfortunately in that occasion we missed the caves.
Now our friend Francesca makes us live again the emotion of that visit and at the same time amazes us with the images of the caves.
Emotion and wonder which entice us to a new visit.

And, to go out with a bang, Francesca shows also some images of the surroundings.

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Some notes:

The temple of Antas:
Arisen as Nuraghic place of worship (9th century BC) it was used in Punic and Roman precolonial age (5th century BC) as funerary area.
Built over the ruins of the earlier temple by the emperor August (27 BC – 14 AD) and restored under the reign of the emperor Caracalla between 213 and 217 AD.
Found out by the general Alberto La Marmora in 1836 it was rebuilt in 1967.

Caves of Su Mannau:
Of great interest in archaeology and in speleology, these caves are among the oldest in the world.
They are formed by two branches, the right one originated by the river Rapido and the left one by the river Placido. Each branch is marked by imposing rooms, spectacular stalagmites and stalactites and pools of crystal water.
The first room of the right branch has a particular historical relevance also for the connections with the nearby temple of Antas with the worship of the waters of the ancient Sardinian populations.
The caves can be visited: the sightseeing tour is about 1640 ft long while the total length of the cave is about 4.4 ml.
The guided tour (lasting about an hour and easily walkable) stretches through broad rooms and splendid small lakes and falls and will finally lead you to the imposing hall called Salone Rodriguez.

For more info:
Temple of Antas
sardegnacultura
wikipedia: Tempio_di_Antas

Caves of Su Mannau
wikipedia: Grotta_di_Su_Mannau
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Thank to our friend Francesca for the beautiful photographs

text by: borgo-italia [only desktop]
photo by: Francesac Giona

Sardegna 2 - release date: 2016-05-12