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Santa Cristina Holy Well

Sacred Well


A coachload of school children were at the well itself, so we wandered over to look at the hut beyond - a meeting hut due to the stone seat round the inside - and waited until they had gone to be able to fully appreciate the site.


An elliptical wall 26m x 20m, from the late Bronze Age, encloses the well temple. It's in 3 parts - a foyer, the steps, and then the well chamber itself.

The 24 steps are perfect. Smooth basalt, narrowing, creating a trapezoidal shape, echoed by the graduated ceiling, leading down to the well chamber.

The chamber itself has a bottle-like cross section, with the centre circular opening being about 50cm deep. The whole chamber is over 7m high and about 2.5m in diameter, again with perfectly smooth basalt blocks making a tholos style ceiling.

The water level was quite high, covering the step round the edge of the chamber.

Finds here have included a bronze ship figure, dated to 7th century BCE; the site is thought to be around 1000 BCE.

What an incredible place!
sals Posted by sals
17th May 2008ce

Comments (1)

One quite beautiful aspect of the stonework is that the inner walls of the stairwell are not flat. The opening at the bottom has a very subtle curve as it tapers to the top. The same effect can be seen at the La Tiempesu well outside Nuoro. Posted by BuckyE
7th June 2008ce
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