History of Santa Teresa Gallura

History of Santa Teresa Gallura

The first settlements in the territory of S. Teresa Gallura date back to 4000 BC. Of considerable archaeological importance is the site of Lu Brandali.

During the Roman dominion there were two inhabited centres: Longonis, a small fishing village located on the left bank of the port and Tibula terminal of the consular road in the area of Capotesta. The Romans used the area to cut the precious granite rocks which were then finished and used for the construction of monuments and noble villas.

In the Middle Ages the Pisans founded the village of Longonsardo, which thus became an important strategic outpost just 11 miles from Corsica dominated by Genoa, Pisa’s bitter rival. In 1384 Eleonora d’Arborea had a castle built there, destroyed by the Genoese later. This episode was followed by the depopulation of the area, which became a refuge for bandits and pirates for two centuries.

In the 16th century, under Spanish rule, the ARAGONESE TOWER was built as part of a project comprising 80 towers throughout the island for defence and surveillance. The town was inhabited for more than a century only by garrisons of soldiers.

In 1808 King Vittorio Emanuele I founded Santa Teresa, deciding its name in honour of his wife, Queen Maria Teresa of Habsburg.

An ancient history, ours, written by the many visitors to this wonderful land. Although so much has already been discovered, there are still countless secrets that Gallura and in particular Santa Teresa hides from its inhabitants and visitors. A unique energy is palpable from the moment you arrive. From whatever perspective you look at or consider it there, Lungoni attracts, seduces and conquers.

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