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Somewhere in the Gallura, Sardinia, Italy
Near Alà dei Sardi

Exploring the spectacular Gallura region of Sardinia, Italy. Handy Cadogan Guide of Sardinia in hand we set out to find an obscure archelogical site near the town of Alà dei Sardi, called the Complesso Nuragico di Sos Nurattolos.

The nuragic civilization thrived sometime between the 6th and 4th millennium BC on the island of Sardinia. The island is covered with over 8000 identified nuragic archeological sites, mostly in the mountainous interior of the island. Lovers of archeology and the mysteries of the past, Christina and I set out to find this one, down a dirt road in the middle of the Gallura region.

After a while it seemed clear we were off the track (not "lost" just..."open to new discoveries"), so we decided to explore wherever we were (see map). We parked our little Smart car (you can see it center-left), and looking up at the mountaintop, Christina thought she could make out a structure and, perhaps, a cross. We had not seen a soul in hours. Along the hike up we found a circle of bleached, horned cattle skulls, quite eerie! A climb up the mountain revealed a rough-hewn chapel at the top, built into the rocks, and with a spectacular 360° view of the valleys below. A statue of the Virgin Mary looked down upon the alter. Only the words "un ammento a totoi e pascale" were carved into the wood above the alter...not Italian, but I am guessing Sard (the Sardinian language), and I'm guessing again, it might mean "in memory of Totoi and Pascale".

Very mysterious, very touching, secret, sacred spot.

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Shot with our Olympus Digital Instamatic. Resized only.

I like this shot because the light and mood capture, for me, the mystery of the chapel and the spectacular beauty of the Gallura all in one shot.

As always, workshops welcome should you have ideas on improving this print.

-Karl

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