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San Giovanni di Sinis

San Giovanni di Sinis
"San Giovanni di Sinis", sited at the entrance of the present day village "San Giovanni di Sinis", is one of the oldest churches on the island of Sardinia.

It was erected next to a Punic, Roman and then paleo-Christian necropolis in the 6th century. At that time Sardinia was part of the Byzantine Empire. Originally the church consisted out of a central body, surmounted by a dome, and four identical arms ("Greek Cross"). Here is the crossing with the dome, probably the oldest part of San Giovanni di Sinis. The little apse is to the right.

San Giovanni di Sinis got altered and underwent an extension between the 9th and 11th century, when the aisles and a part of the nave were added. Since then not much has changed.

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