Turris Bisleonis cooperative was officially born in 2004 with the aim of enhancing and promoting the historical and artistic value of the Basilica of San Gavino, which is one of the most important monuments of the city of Porto Torres, and it stands out for its original features in the vast architectural scene of the Sardinian Romanesque Style.
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CHURCHES OF balai
The Basilica of San Gavino is the only one church in Italy to be designed with two apses facing each other and it is also the largest Romanesque monument in Sardinia. The seventeenth-century crypt houses the relics of the Martyrs of Porto Torres, splendid sarcophagi from the Roman period and, in addition, the remains of a funerary monument of the fourth century. A.D.
The basilica is one of the wonders of the Sardinian Romanesque Style and one of the oldest, because it was built in the early eleventh century. The basilica is dedicated to the Martyrs Gavino, Proto and Gianuario, who lived at the time of the Christian persecutions of the emperors Diocletian and Maximian. Gavino, a Roman soldier, who converted after meeting Proto and Gianuario, was killed on 25th October 303 A.D. Proto and Gianuario, respectively a priest and a deacon, died on 27th October.
The charming little churches in Balai, Balai Vicino and Balai Lontano, are also linked to the devotion to the Holy Martyrs of Porto Torres. The church of Balai Vicino or San Gavino a Mare, set in the rock overlooking the sea, was in fact built in memory of their most ancient burial place. The building consists of a nave in limestone and it is next to some tombs dating back to Roman times.
The excavations and researches that involved, at different times and in different ways, the site of the Basilica of the three Martyrs of Porto Torres, have brought to light an important and vast archaeological area through which you can get back to the first centuries of Christianity in Sardinia. The Monumental Complex of Monte Agellu (from the Latin agellus: small field, cemetery) occupies the site of an ancient necropolis on the edge of the Roman colony of Turris Libisonis.