Churches

Logudoro Goceano is characterised by a large presence of churches which are a sort of primate both in the populated centres and, at times, in the areas outside the urban areas often called incorrectly “rural”, even though they are connected with important populated centres which disappeared after the Middle Ages.
On high sun-soaked plains it is possible to observe the dilated horizons of half of Sardinia, like in S. Enoch and S. Elia on Mount Santu of Siligo or Nostra Signora di Arana a Bonnanaro.
Among the Medieval examples is the beautiful Church of S. Nicolò di Trullas, in Semestene, surrounded by ancient traces of construction and the Church of S. Lorenzo a Rebeccu a Bonorva.
The passage of the Cistercian monks in Sardinia probably ended with the construction of the beautiful Church of Nostra Signora di Coros in the territory of Ittiri. It is in Romanesque style, but contains Gothic elements such as the lancet arches. For the landscape that surrounds it, the place in which it was built makes it particularly suited to the contemplative life. The Church of San Pietro di Sorres, a short distance from Borutta, was the cathedral of the diocese of Sorres and today it is also a Benedictine Monastery. The late-Byzantine Church of S. Maria Iscalas a Cossoine is built entirely in white limestone. Of late Roman (VII-IX century) style is the unique Church of S. Maria di Bubalis o di Mesumundu in Siligo. The Church of San Saturnino a Bultei, close to which originally rose the Roman city of Lesa, was built in Romanesque style above the walls of a Nuraghe.
The Gothic Catalan style roads also cross these territories, offering a consistent itinerary to St.Giulia of Padria, St. Victoria of Thiesi, St. Andrew of Giave, St. Gabriel of Cheremule and St.Claire of Cossoine.
One of the rare examples of Rococo style architecture is the Shrine of Nostra Signora di Bonuighinu close to the castle of Bonvehì a few kilometres from Mara.
But in each centre a visit to the numerous and more “humble” churches reserves unexpected surprises such as the wooden altars embellished by fine decorations or the numerous paintings which adorn the ancient walls, up to the examples of modern architectonic reinterpretation of the new shrine at the Convent of S. Salvatore a Bonorva where there is a considerable use of wood in the structure and furnishings.