The Tower of St. Pancrazio

La Torre di San Pancrazio

La Torre di San Pancrazio

It is the highest in Cagliari, one of  the symbols of the District of Castello, and  it represents its top, the height from where one dominates everything else. The Tower of St. Pancrazio is certainly one of the monuments which is worth a visit. It dates back to the rule of Pisa and it is one of the main buildings in Castello. It has been taken as a model for the construction of the turrets of the Town Hall in Via Roma.

If you want to get there you can either go along  Buoncammino  Avenue, past “Cristina door”, or walk along Via Ubaldo Badas passing through St. Pancrazio door.

From the top of the tower it is possible to admire a  really suggestive outlook.

The tower was commissioned to architect Giovanni Capula by the people from Pisa at the beginning of the 14th century. The same architect also planned another important tower in the city, the Tower of the Elephant that was built two years later.

In the Aragonese period the tower was used as a prison and it was restored by engineer  Dionigi Scano at the beginning of the 20th century,.

It was an important defensive bulwark against the attacks by the people from Genoa and by the Arabs and, with the Tower of the Elephant, it still represents one of the main entrance ways to the historical centre.

Just like the Tower of the Elephant, also the Tower of St. Pancrazio is made up of white limestone from Bonaria hill. If you go up, you will be able to overlook the District of Castello from the only side that is open.