Inside Sardinia: Domus de Janas Genna Salixi

Domus(house) de Janas(fairies) are pre-Nuragic tombs that have been carved from sandstone or trachite. They generally consist of several chambers, and were used as a pre-historic burial site. There are over three thousand Domus de Janas throughout the island of Sardinia, some are just a singular chamber while others are a necropolis like Genna Salixi.

Domus de Janas Genna Salixi, Villa Sant’Antonio
Photo by: Jennifer Avventura 2022

Domus de Janas Genna Salixi is one of the largest necropolises on the island, with its fourteen chambers that vary on height, length and width. This spectacular historical landmark is located in Villa Sant’Antonio, Oristano.

A local legend says … that tiny creatures used to inhabit these chambers and they would contently sing songs while brewing or spinning the daily chores.

There are so many historical things to see while visiting the island. Most tales are peppered with ancient folklore that will leave you feeling spellbound, and wanting more.

1 thought on “Inside Sardinia: Domus de Janas Genna Salixi

  1. Jennifer
    Stories my father would tell us about these. Thank you for the memories. Love it and so very interesting. Folklore from any part of Italy is just amazing. Have a beautiful week, continue with the rich history! It is just wonderful! May God Bless.
    Love & hugs,
    Rosemarie Kleinberg

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