Torralba

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Population: 991
Altitude: 430 metri s.l.m.
Area: 36,8 Kmq


Town hall: Piazza Monsignor Pola n. 5 - tel. 079/847010 – 079/847066 fax 079/847085
Postal code: 07048
Web: www.comunetorralba.com
E-mail: comune.torralba@actariscertymail.it


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Brief notes on the town:

Agricultural centre situated in the territory of Meilogu, the town is found in a hilly zone surrounded by valleys. It is renowned for being home to the Museum of the Valley of the Nuraghi of theLogduoro – Meilogu (name of the region in which it is found), which collects findings of the nearby complex of the Nuragic palace of Santu Antine, the largest on the entire island, which remained populated even during the Roman age and still to this day exceeds 17 metres. In its territory it is possible to admire the remains of 30 nuraghi and 10 tombs of giants, which document human settlement since remotest times.
Of considerable interest is also the parish Church of S. Pietro Apostolo dating to the XVII century.

Economic activities:

The main economic activities are agriculture and breeding, as well as the mining, food and tourism industry.

The history:

The territory is abounding in springs and torrents which have permitted its anthropisation since the Neolithic age as reminded by the domus de janas of Su Siddadu and Santu Jorzi and those of Nughedu located under the plateau of San Pietro di Sorres. The period of greatest importance for Torralba was surely the Nuragic one; in fact in its territory we find 30 nuraghi and a dozen tombs of giants. This archaeological evidence ended up giving this place its name "Valley of the Nuraghi". Among these stands out the Nuragic Palace of Santu Antine, surely the most majestic and best-preserved Nuragic site in Sardinia. Evidence of Roman colonisation is also extensive, which stimulated the strong agricultural vocation of the territory. During the judicial era Torralba was part of the administrative region of Cabu Abbas in the diocese of Torres, and it became seat of the marquisate following the Aragonese conquest. The first evidence relating to the populated centre dates from the Medieval period as revealed by an old map. According to the map, the town was found close to Via Turresa and in the vicinities of the ancient city of Sorra forming itself, in the XII century, around the Church of Santa Maria of which unfortunately no trace remains. The historical centre is studded with ancient stone paved lanes and houses where the traditional stone seats “pezzas” can be found as well as the gracious fountains. The parish Church of San Pietro Apostolo was built in calcareous stone in 1615 in Gothic-Renaissance style: inside, it preserves a wooden altar with the statues of Saint Peter, Saint Joseph and Saint Sebastian, a baptismal font in calcareous stone and an altarpiece of the eighteenth century, which joins two tablets by a Sardinian artist of the sixteenth century. Another church is Nostra Signora di Cabu Abbas, built in Romanesque-Pisan style between the XII and the XIII century. It is reached by travelling the road which leads to the nuraghe of Saint Antine. The building constructed with ashlars of white limestone on the outside and with trachyte stone on the inside, presents a facade with a strange anthropomorphic sculpture at the centre of the tympanum. The sculpture probably depicts an early Christian divinity.

Traditions and events:

EVENT PLACE DATE
"Su Fogarone" Historical centre January 16-17
Saint Sebastian Historical centre January 20
Feast of the Holy Spirit Historical centre Pentecost Monday
Our Lady of the wood Historical centre 1st week after Pentecost
Saint Peter Historical centre June 29
Cantos, ballos e pregadorias Historical centre Last Saturday in July
Our Lady of the Angels Historical centre August 2
Our Lady of the Assumption Historical centre August 15
Saint Anthony Abbot Historical centre 3st Sunday in October