Castles

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castles in SardiniaThere are several remains of castles in Sardinia, but only one in Sanluri is still intact.
Some fortresses were erected in the early Byzantine period (VI-VII cent..), other castles are of the “giudicale” period (XI-XII cent.), others have been renovated or built by the Genoese and Pisan lords after the fall of the kingdoms of Cagliari and Torres, shortly after the first half of the XIII century.

There are other coastal fortresses and others along the ancient boundaries between the kingdoms (first half of the XIII cent.), and the long-held lands of Arborea controlled by families of Tuscan and Ligurian or Catalan origins (from the XIV cent.).
The fortifications of the main urban centers (see the examples of Cagliari and Iglesias) are worth to be mentioned.
During the Spanish domination fortification work was carried out to defend the coast with the construction of towers and fortresses, of which many are still visible today.

The Battle of Sanluri

The Battle of Sanluri

On the 30th of June 1409, the Battle of Sanluri ( “Sa Battalla de Seddori” in the local dialect) upset the plain of Sanluri. The Catalan-Aragoneses troops, guided by Martino “il Giovane” (the young), moved against the castle where the soldiers of Guglielmo III of Narbona were waiting for them. The night before the attack, Guglielmo ordered his men to hide behind a nearby hill, in order to surprise the…

Bosa defended by many towers and by the castle

Bosa defended by many towers and by the castle

In Bosa, on the top of the hill of Serravalle dominates the castle of the Malaspina family, marquises of the Lunigiana, of which remain the defence walls and the north keep (similar to the towers of San Pancrazio and the Elefante, constructed in Cagliari by the same architect). In 1300’s were strengthened the measures of defence to protect from the assaults of the Aragoneses. Inside the Malaspina castle, there is the…