Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
Chiesa di San Francesco
The 14th-century Crocifisso di Nicodemo, considered one of Sardinia’s most precious carvings, is the highlight of this 19th-century...
Piazza Eleonora d’Arborea
Oristano’s elegant outdoor salon sits at the southern end of pedestrianised Corso Umberto I. An impressive, rectangular space, it comes...
Statue of Eleonora
Piazza Eleonora d'Arborea became the city's central square through 19th-century urban reforms. Today it is a quiet spot where you can...
With its piazza seating and relaxing music, this popular centro storico (historic centre) cafe is a great spot to hang out over a...
Josto al Duomo
Refined and intimate, this hotel restaurant is gathered around an inner courtyard perfect for alfresco dining. The menu is seasonal but...
Piazza del Duomo · interesting places nearby
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta information
Lording it over Oristano’s skyline, the Duomo's onion-domed bell tower is one of the few remaining elements of the original 14th-century cathedral, itself a reworking of an earlier church damaged by fire in the late 12th century. The free-standing campanile (bell tower), topped by its conspicuous majolica-tiled dome, adds an exotic Byzantine feel to what is otherwise a typical 18th-century baroque complex.
Inside, the look is largely baroque, though the transept chapels survive from the Gothic original. Of the art on display, the work to look for is the Annunziata in the Cappella dell'Annunziata. A 14th-century wooden sculpture, it is believed to have been carved by the Tuscan sculptor Nino Pisano.