Basilica San Gavino
Basilica San Gavino
4.5
Historic Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary1,309 contributions
Aug 2022
It was built between 1050 and 1117 in Romanesque style. We visited it early morning, so it was empty and quiet. In the crypt they keep the ashes of St Gavino, St Proto and St Gianuario. It’s worth a visit. In front of the Basilica there’s a botanical garden, where you can sit and relax.
Written October 10, 2022
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jane W
9 contributions
Oct 2022
An elegant and beautiful church whose simple limestone exterior glowed in the morning sunshine. Such an interesting design with its double apses and built on top of an even older church, revealed in the crypt. Well worth visiting and a very kind and helpful guide.
Written October 8, 2022
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Catharina P
196 contributions
Jun 2018
Beautiful and unique. The interior as well as the exterior is worth to take a look at. Best thing about our visit to Porte Torres.
Written June 11, 2018
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Master Echo
London, UK552 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
At first review, Porto Torres appeared to offer little for a cruise ship visitor. Sardinia’s main town and capital is Cagliari, over 200 kilometres and two and half hours away, at the other end of the island and the train service too irregular to be of use for a departure at 18.00.

We were, however, pleasantly surprised with the place.

The local tourist representative provided a map and indicated the location of a couple of museums, one being archaeological. Leaving the quayside, we had been greeted by vendors promoting a nearby pop-up food market, whilst the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele ll had been closed to traffic and was filled with craft stalls, which we decided to browse later after first visiting the closed Maritime railway station. Leaving here, we continued to the new one, consulted the timetable, and abandoned any idea of straying outside Porto Torres, made doubly difficult as it was Easter Saturday.

The commercial harbour is unsuitable for yachts, but at the smaller, eastern end, where the ferries berth, there are two small basins at the south east end which have been gentrified and converted into marinas, the Marina di Porto Torres and Marina Cormorano. Walking past this there is a beach and this offers a pleasant walk.

Evidence of the abandoned port infrastructure can be seen in the residue of railway tracks in the road, leading to the abandoned Maritime station that no longer links to ferries, though the latter still operate.

We retraced our steps back from the train station to the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, and decided to head first to the Basilica di San Gavino some distance away, just off the opposite end of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.

However the first place we came across that looked of some interest was La Chiesa Della Beata Vergine Della Consolata, (the Church of the Blessed Virgin of Consolation). It is a small, almost square-shaped church set back off the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II on the right hand side of the street, coming from the port.

Churches can be interesting places in themselves by virtue of the architectural styles they represent, whilst their degree of ornateness indicates the wealth lavished on their construction and so the affluence of (at least) some of those who funded construction. As it was Easter Saturday, the church displayed symbols of the crucifixion and resurrection.

Leaving this little church we continued our walk up the main street to find the Basilica. This is set on higher ground, and is typical of similar building across Western Europe whose origins date back to the 11th century. Floral displays and with a half risen Jesus on the cross were in front of the altar, no doubt, all part of the commemorations for Easter Saturday.

After spending half an hour or so in the church, we then retraced our steps to return to the port and to see what the craft stalls had to offer. Many were unusual and quirky, and many home-made objects for babies made of shells and other materials, but all quite expensive. We were not tempted to buy, so it was back to the ship after a couple of hours of perambulation around this pleasant, unpretentious town.
Written April 30, 2017
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Fueng2768
486 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
One of the stops on a cruise. Situated at the top of the main road through the town. Nice building with an interesting crypt. In my mind the only place of interest in Porto Torres.
Written December 19, 2015
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Mihaela M
Alba Iulia, Alba, Romania73 contributions
I visited this cathedral because I've read that is the biggest from Sardinia and also a Roman church. When you enter inside it you can smell the air of history and old. You get a paper at the entrance where you have all the information needed. The ticket costs 3 EUR.
Written April 23, 2015
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DebSaratogaNY
Saratoga Springs, NY121 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
Was on our tour stop. Rest rooms nearby for .50 E. I probably wouldn't go too far out of my way to see this if time is scarce. Worth the stop for us.
Written August 14, 2014
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bgs
New Forest National Park Hampshire, UK151 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
A short uphill walk from the waterside and well worth the stroll. We were very fortunate to be there for Sunday worship and so heard the harmonious singing while admiring the roof timbers and the colourful carving of the three saints at the back. The basilica is beside a small and pleasant park (not quite what you expect of a botanic garden though).
Written November 25, 2019
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Howcaplefamily
Herefordshire, UK84 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Fine old place indeed - columns that may once have been used in a Roman temple and a sense of worship having happened here since early days, perhaps as long ago as the battle of Hastings. The 3 euros fee for entrance is entirely reasonable and was collected by two charming women at the door. The shade inside was deep and cool and all-embracing. The long crypt is a colder, spookier yet brightly lit place, damp bones in the air. The silence of the basilica was broken when some vain idiot started to play a piano near the altar. He was a visitor like us and fancied himself Richard Clayderman (which he wasn't). But this church is well worth a look and there is a good bar just nearby (go down the steps and turn right and it is found after 50 yards).
Written August 14, 2019
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Brianedwards
Whitburn, UK2 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Very nice church. €3 entrance charge pp.
It’s a short walk up from the harbour which takes around 15min
Written August 13, 2018
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Basilica San Gavino, Porto Torres

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  • Sun - Sat 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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