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The architecture of Alghero still strongly represents the Gothic-Catalan style, giving a true testament to its years of Catalan ruling. Despite some bad damage during World War II, the Spanish design is still felt very strongly throughout the city. In fact, many make Alghero a destination purely to admire its historic architecture.
From the churches to the shuttered windows and balconies, the feel of Alghero is much like that of a Spanish Mediterranean city. The city walls give way to the struggle for power over its limits from the deep past.
Some major places to admire the typical architecture of Catalan-Argonese (Gothic) styles are:
Cathedral of St. Mary
St. Francis Church
Many tourists relish in walking along the protective wall that lines most of the city, dating to the ages when Alghero was under Genovese rule. From here you can head to Bastione del Mirador to get a great view of the bay that Alghero encompasses.
Just outside of the city lie two very important architectural and archaeological sites. On the way to Porte Conte is the Nuraghe of Palmavera, a burial site dating back to 3000 BC and a necropoli used by the fisherman from that era. Also, a midieval Roman Bridge is only about five miles away from Alghero en route to Fertilia.