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Sardara

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On the origins of the town's name, several theories have been formulated: for some historians, Sardara would be the name of a queen, while for others it would refer to the temple or altar of Sardus Pater and finally, for another school of thought, it derives from the Phoenician "Sarad (red, as the color detail of the earth in the surrounding fields).
Municipality in the province of the Medio Campidano area, located in the middle of a plain, on the borders with the province of Cagliari and Oristano, on its territory, there are present well famous thermal springs and important sites of artistic and archaeological heritage. The old town is very charming, with old buildings adorned with beautiful portals and strolling along its streets, one has the impression of being on a a journey back in time.
The presence of the Nuraghe Arigau, near to the main centre, attests the presence of a settlement since the Neolithic period. The area was under the control of the Phoenicians and Carthaginians who took advantage of the healthy properties of the thermal waters in the area and the extreme fertility of the nearby fields, often planted with grain. The remains of Roman decorative elements in the thermal baths attest the colonization of the Roman Empire. Sardara, also submitted the domain of the Curatoria of Bonorzuli.

Attractions:
- the Church of Santa Maria Acquas, located just outside the main center, is in Gothic style with a simple façade. The precise date of construction is uncertain, it is presumed that it was erected back in year 1000 or so, while over the centuries the building was being remodeled several times;
- the Church of San Gregorio, dating from the XIV century, is located at the center of the town. It is characterized by several architectonic styles between Romanesque and Gothic and the façade is enlivened by an arched portal, a central rose window, arches and a bell tower. It features a single nave plan;
- the Church of the Blessed Virgin;
- the Church of St. Anastasia;
- the hot springs of Santa Maria de Is Acquas located between a grove of eucalyptus trees. Mineral water gushes from the springs at a temperature of about 60 degrees;
- the castle of Monreale, located on the hill of the same name, probably built in the X century;
- The Archaeological Museum of Villa Abbas which preserves within an extraordinary amount of archaeological finds;
- the remains of the Roman baths;
- the Nuraghe Arigau.

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