The sacred well of Predio Canopoli in the historical town center of Perfugas dates back to the Nuragic civilization that dominated the island of Sardinia from the Bronze Age (18th century BC) to the 2nd century AD.
The sacred well is part of a larger complex which includes the remains of a stone fence. The well was accidentally discovered in 1923 by the land owner who was probably searching for clues to the mysterious Nuragic period (there is very little documentation showing how the nuragic civialization survived, most are hypothesis and theories).
One year after the well was discovered, excavation began by Antonio Taramelli. The sacred wells that are found in Sardinia follow the same circular pattern found in nuraghe; with the main area consisting of a large, circular room.
There are eight steps leading down into the well, the stone walls are made from limestone and have been perfectly cut square. People also left religious offerings on the stone benches that line the outside of the well and were there to pray and worship the holy well.
The Pozzo Sacro di Predio Canopoli is a guided tour and the pozzo is heavily gated, so don’t be disappointed when you show up without a ticket and guide. To book your ticket, visit the Museo Archeologico Paleobotanico:
Via Nazario Sauro – 07034. Perfugas (SS) Tel/Fax 079-564241 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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I have walked past this site countless times, but this is the first time ( thanks to your photography and insight), I’ve noticed the detail. I just chanced upon your website, so will enjoy delving in now and then to discover more. thank-you
Oh, that’s great I was able to add a bit of perspective on something you walk by, countless times. Thank you. Are you originally from Sardinia?
This is truly remarkable, what a find. It only adds to the beauty and mystery of Sardegna’s past. So did the land owner give the site up for historical reasons? You just find so many things of interest! Great research! Have a beautiful day! Thank you for all you give to so many of us! May God Bless!
What an amazing discovery. Reminds me of some of the Inca runs here in Ecuador–though ours are not quite as old. I suppose it makes some sense that folks would have worshipped at their water source. Pretty essential to life. Fascinating post!
Hugs from Ecuador,