The Citadel of Museums

Cittadella dei Musei - Esterni

Cittadella dei Musei - Esterni

Another very interesting place in Castello district in Cagliari is the Citadel of Museums in Arsenale Square, past Porta Cristina. This cultural centre was created around 1950, following up the decision to widen the seat of the archeological Museum and of the picture gallery of the city and to build a centre intended to represent  Sardinian art and history.

In the 14th century the place where the Citadel is now situated was a military fortification but in the 16th century, it was converted into an arsenal where they made military weapons and  around the end of the 17th century it definitely became a military district. During the 2nd world war the area was partly destroyed by bombardments.

Just out of curiosity, we know that under the rule of Pisa, the area of the Citadel was separated from the Castle by a large moat and it was connected to  it by a  drawbridge.

The restructuring project was long and complex and work was completed in the last years of the 1970s. When you go past the neoclassical door of the old Arsenal, dating back to the first years of the 19th century,  you get to a group of buildings. An interesting one is the former prison of St. Pancrazio and the gallery which is used to mount temporary exhibitions which includes a pentagonal hall housing Clemente Susini  Museum of  anatomical waxwork and the University Departments of Archaeological Sciences and of History and Art.

In the central part of the building there is the Archaeological National Museum dating back to 1993. Then, walking down a stairway  (or by a way designed for disabled people) you will get to a garden and to the entrance of the town Museum  of Siamese Art and to a picture gallery which expands on three levels.

Fortificazioni e Quartieri di Cagliari

Fortificazioni e Quartieri di Cagliari