In Marina quarter, not far from St.Antonio’s Church, you can visit the monumental Church of the Holy Sepulchre. According to some scholars, this building has to be ascribed to the Knights Templar who might have used it as the chapel of their monastery.
On the basis of a more qualified hypothesis,its foundation should be dated back to the 16th century, at the time when the Brotherhood of the Holy Crucifix, of Prayer and Death was set. The crypt was used as a cemetery and the Brotherwood had the task of burying the poorest people
In the 19th century, the area lost this function and became a square. During the renovations of St.Eulalia’s Collegiate, The Holy Sepulchre’s Church became the Parish of that District.
In the postwar years, it housed the Carmelites. The Church was closed for restauration and was later inaugurated by the Archbishop of Cagliari in December 1998.
The Holy Sepulchre’s Church has two entrances; the main one is on the right side and opens on St. Sepolcro Square, while the other one, an older door, is situated on the façade and is no longer used.
As you pass the main portal, you can admire the rectangular one nave interior with barrel vault. There are some chapels on both sides and a quadrangular presbytery where you can see an evocative sixteenth- century cross vault.
The altar is in neoclassical style and it houses a great wooden eighteenth-century crucifix. You shouldn’t miss the Resurrection of Lazarus by Castagno and St. Nicola di Bari saying prayers in front of The Madonna by Manzini.
Among the various chapels, it is worth mentioning the big Chapel of the Virgin of Piety, in baroque style, which is of great artistic value. Another interesting one is the Chapel devoted to St. Pasquale Baylon.
Inside the Church there is also an eighteenth-century altar, partly made of polychrome marbles and partly of gilded wood.
The church’s pipe was commissioned by the Brotherhood and finished in the late 1870s. You can reach the crypt by a trapdoor situated in the middle of the nave.