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The Monte Rosello Quarter
The Monte Rosello quarter lies beyond Piazza Mercato at the beginning of Via Pascoli, and is connected to the early nucleus of Sassari by a bridge called Ponte Littorio, inaugurated in 1934 and today known as Ponte Rosello.
In its immediate vicinity we find the famous Rosello Fountain, one of the most remarkable monuments in the history of art in Sardinia. It is an elegant monument erected by Genoese artists in the early Seventeenth century and is modelled in strict Mannerist style, an artistic movement popular in Italy in the second half of the XVI century. The fountain is comprised of two large caissons lying one on top of the other and is brought to life by a number of statues. Its suggestive two-coloured marble really catches the eye amidst the green of the park where it lies, at just a few metres from what used to be Sassari’s wash-house.
By continuing along Via Pascoli and turning into Via Grazia Deledda, Via Manzoni and Via Prati, you can go through the Baddimanna pine forest until you reach the Brigata Sassari Monument: a simple construction in granite and metal built in 1982. By turning into Via Sulcis, the continuation of Via Manzoni, and continuing along the Eba Chiara viaduct, it is possible to get to the Church of San Francesco, dating back to the XVII century.

The Porcellana quarter
The Porcellana residential quarter started developing in the thirties in response to the need for extra housing caused by the population boom of those times. As well as a number of University Departments, the Porcellana Quarter contains Viale Italia, which has become the main artery of the town and is almost in front of the Garibaldi Hemicycle, the wide open space of the public gardens functioning as Sassari’s lungs.
By turning to the left off Viale Italia, you can reach the Church of San Pietro of Silki, founded in the XII century. The façade which rises over the atrium was built in 1675; the lower part of the bell tower from the XIII century remains from a previous construction phase. The carved wooden main altar, dating from the XVII century, is of great value.
After going right the way along Viale Italia you can visit the public gardens. A walk around its little paths is of great interest, not only for its natural attractions but also for the presence of the “Eugenio Tavolara” Pavilion of Craftwork. This pleasant structure, representative of one of the most significant moments of modern building, was built by Ubaldo Badas in 1956 as a place to exhibit Sardinian craftwork and to enhance its image in the public eye. In the midst of all this green, the building is an interesting combination of materials and shapes; square spaces, interrupted by luminous windows, are fitted together to host large indoor exhibition areas, arranged around a central courtyard. The interior staircase is of great value decorated with soapstone bas-reliefs depicting the “Cavalcata Sarda” (Sardinian Horseback Parade) and bearing the signature of the famous contemporary artist Eugenio Tavolara.
Nowadays the pavilion houses pieces of Sardinian craftwork such as jewellery, baskets and tapestries.

 

 

 
 

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