1 History 2 Main sights 3 Culture
3.1 Sa Sartiglia and other events
4 Transport 5 Geography
6 Twin towns – sister cities 7 See also 8 References 9 External links
Port'a Ponti Door Tower in Piazza Roma
The Christ in the Church of St. Francis
The Tower of St. Christophoros, otherwise known as Tower of Mariano
II, was built in 1290, is 19 metres (62 ft) tall and the most
striking remaining evidence of the old walls built at the time of the
Giudicato, as it was one of the main gates thereof.
Torrione ("Big Tower") of Portixedda.
St. Mary's Cathedral (1130) was rebuilt during the reign of Mariano II
after being destroyed in a siege. Of the original structure of
Mariano, only parts of the apse and base of the campanile are left, as
well as the Gothic Chapel of the Rimedio, which houses some medieval
sculptures. Parts of a more ancient Byzantine edifice can be seen in
the court. To the 17th century renovation belongs the Chapel of the
Archivietto ("Chapel of the Small Archive"). The current Baroque style
is largely from the 19th-century restoration. It has been supposed
that the Cathedral was used for the burials of the giudici and their
families, but the subsequent dominations have deleted all traces of
them. In the interior is a wooden statue of the Annunziata, attributed
to Nino Pisano.
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi was built around 1200 and is
currently in neo-classical style. Therewithin is the Christ of
Nicodemus, a wooden sculpture believed to be the work of Valencian
masters, dating back to the 14th century.
The Franciscan church of Santa Chiara (consecrated in 1428) is an
edifice in French-Gothic style with a single nave and a square apse.
The Church and cloister of the Carmine is one of the best examples of
Baroque-Roccoco architecture in Oristano.
The Church of Saint Sebastian is the only medieval extramural church,
i.e. it is located outside the walls.
The Church of Saint Dominic (San Domenico) was built in 1634 at the
initiative of friar Pietro Flores and financially supported by local
nobleman Baldassarre Dedoni. Citizens also made donations in exchange
for 2 square metres (22 sq ft) of floor space for a tomb
therewithin. The building is a rectangularly-shaped chamber with two
chapels formed in its right side wall: one of them is dedicated to
Saint Vincent and the other one to the name of Jesus. Most notably, it
has a wood retable that served as the main altar and includes several
niches dedicated to Saint Dominic and other Saints. Upon the
suppression of religious orders in 1832 the Dominicans, who had been
in charge until then, bequeathed the church to the archconfraternity
of the Saint Name of Jesus. It was thereafter refurbished several
times, deconsecrated and currently serves as an Auditorium for
congresses and concerts.
In the village of Massama is the small pre-Romanesque church called
Oratory of the Souls, showing influences from the
Culture Sa Sartiglia and other events
Costumes of Oristano
Sa Sartiglia, otherwise known at its inception as Sartilla, is an
equestrian tournament held in
The leader of both trials is called Su Componidori, meaning "the one
who marshals". He is chosen by the members of the Corporations, who do
not disclose his name until Candlemas, when Su Majorale announces it
directly to the appointee and a careful selection of the horses as
well as adequate practice can start. He is neither a man, nor a woman
but androgynous, much akin to the land and, at the end of the
tournament, blesses bystanders and the town with the "little doll of
May" (Sa Pippia 'e maiu), a bunch of flowers swaddled in a ribbon,
believed to pre-date the tournament itself, followed by the other
horsemen at a canter first, and then alone, riding with his back on
his galloping steed's, face up gazing at the Heavens.
Climate data for Oristano, Sardinia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 13.2 (55.8) 13.2 (55.8) 14.7 (58.5) 16.7 (62.1) 20.8 (69.4) 24.5 (76.1) 27.8 (82) 28.8 (83.8) 26.0 (78.8) 21.9 (71.4) 17.3 (63.1) 14.4 (57.9) 19.9 (67.8)
Average low °C (°F) 7.6 (45.7) 7.5 (45.5) 8.6 (47.5) 10.3 (50.5) 13.7 (56.7) 17.3 (63.1) 20.1 (68.2) 21.1 (70) 18.7 (65.7) 15.3 (59.5) 11.3 (52.3) 8.8 (47.8) 13.4 (56.1)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 50.0 (1.969) 60.5 (2.382) 44.4 (1.748) 51.4 (2.024) 32.8 (1.291) 16.7 (0.657) 4.4 (0.173) 7.3 (0.287) 34.2 (1.346) 69.7 (2.744) 92.5 (3.642) 65.0 (2.559) 528.9 (20.822)
Average rainy days (≥ 1 mm) 8 8 7 8 5 2 1 1 4 8 10 9 71
Twin towns – sister cities
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Italy
Ciutadella de Menorca, Spain, since 1991 Garden City, Kansas, United States
Arborea Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oristano
Sartiglia, La grande Giostra equestre di Oristano. Sassari: Soter. 1994. Oristano, La Sartiglia. Cagliari: L'Unione Sarda. 1992.
^ All demographics and other statistics: National Institute of Statistics (Italy) (Istat). ^ Weather Service of the Italian Air Force " Servizio Meteorologico dell' Aeronautica Militare"
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