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Mamoiada
Mamuthones Mask Carnival Mamoiada Sardinia Situated just a few kilometres from Nuoro, Mamoiada (pop. 2,580) is a characteristic agricultural and sheep-farming village with beautiful woodland surroundings in an upland area. The area has a very rich archaeological heritage; it is reckoned that man has settled in the district of Mamoiada since the 15th century B.C., as we can see from the clear evidence confirming the existence of civilisations from the ancient past in the area. There are many nuraghi: “Arràilo” in the area of “Sa Pruna”, “Monte Juràdu” on the road to Orani, “Orguru” on the road to Fonni.
 
Murales Orgosolo SardiniaThere are also some “domus de janas” dating back to the Neolithic-nuraghic period, including the notable group of six “domus” on the main Mamoiada-Fonni road, called “Sas Honchèddas de Istevène”. One of the most important menhir is a certain granite statue, called “Sa Perda Pintà”, dating back to the 3rd millennium B.C., whose carved niches and unusual concentric designs make it a unique example in Sardinia. In the village itself you can visit the Church of Nostra Signora di Loreto that probably dates back to the Middle Ages. One of the most interesting small country churches is the Sanctuary of the SS Cosma e Damiano, dating back to the 7th century and regarded as the oldest example in Barbagia.
 
Snow Mamoiada SardiniaMamoiada’s most popular attraction is undoubtedly its Carnival, one of the oldest traditional folk events in Sardinia. The most characteristic costumes of the Carnival processions, that take place on the Sunday and Tuesday in carnival week, are the “Mamuthones” with their wooden masks; they parade through the village with rhythmic step, accompanied by the “Issohadores” dressed in red shirts and white trousers. The “Museo delle Maschere Mediterranee” (Museum of Mediterranean Costumes) is a particularly interesting place to visit, where they display the masks and costumes of Mamoiada and many others from all around the Mediterranean.

Sant'Antonio Abate in Mamoiada

Easter in Mamoiada: the holy week

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