Chiesa di Santa Giusta, Santa Giusta

Santa Giusta Cathedral, now a minor basilica (Basilica di Santa Giusta) is the former cathedral of the abolished Diocese of Santa Giusta, in Santa Giusta, province of Oristano, Sardinia, Italy. The dedication is to Saint Justa of Cagliari who, according to the tradition, was martyred here at the time of the Roman emperor Diocletian, with her companions Saints Justina and Aenidina. Almost entirely built in sandstone, it is considered one of the most important examples of Sardinian Romanesque architecture.
The cathedral was erected in the early 12th century by local and Pisan workers, the latter with experience from Pisa Cathedral. Some art historians have supposed that another church existed on the site previously, but this has not been definitely proven.
In the 16th-17th centuries the south wall was demolished to allow creation of two chapels. In 1503 the Diocese of Santa Giusta was abolished and annexed to that of Oristano. In 1847 a marble enclosure was built to encircle the presbytery, while a pulpit was added in 1876. In 1860 the former sail-shaped bell tower collapsed, and was replaced by a square bell tower in neo-Romanesque style, finished in 1906.
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  • This former cathedral now minor basilica is almost entirely built in sandstone, it is considered one of the most important examples of Sardinian Romanesque architecture. It was built in the 12th...  more »
  • A imposing building from the outside situated at the top of a large flight of steps and an open square. Internally was ok but less than expected from the outside. Do visit the crypt to the right of...  more »
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  • The church is a small Romanic gem. The external flooring is being renovated. Beautiful interior, with diverse columns and a nice crypt.
  • Splendid Romanesque Basilica of the first half of 1100, probably built on the ancient temple of Demeter.. The façade Has a beautiful stone staircase. The interior is divided into three aises. Endowed with crypt where are preserved the relics of the Saint and of Giustina and Enedina. It Stands out on the square also embellished by a fountain with vertical jets. Coming from Oristano stands on the left of the main street.
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