Do you know when and where the past and the present compete for your soul? At Su Tempiesu. The Nature accompanies your steps where your thoughts were: busy, some probably tired out, in town. In the way to the Nuragic Sacred Spring you won't only sense the free and proud smells of lavender, broom, orchids and cork, but also see colors and hear sounds that will dress your body for the Time, since the humble and great Time will wait for you on the threshold of the spring. And the Time will tell you about those who were here in the ages of stone, fire, wood, bronze and water; those who loved this place and dedicated their veneration for it to life. I believe that Su Tempiesu represents the core of the heart of ancient Sardinians; a heart that expands through the Human Being to discover the earth, the sky and the nature, moving towards the "Eternal Shiny Thing" universally named "God".
You won't easily find what you look for or what you think to find at Su Tempiesu; you should read and then observe and, why not, meditate on this singular place. This place revealed and can still tell its visitors the stories of the millennia when Sardinians were writers of important chapters that today's Sardinians should reread and hand down, not to forget the strength of their extraordinary culture. By visiting Su Tempiesu, you will become the meeting point of the Sardinian culture of the past with today’s culture and what everyday's life offers and lure you will be awakened; you won't see or listen to anything unreal at Su Tempiesu, since you will be hand in hand with the Nature, the History and the Culture of a people that loved, struggled, progressed, composed songs and dances, prayed and cried and rejoiced, walked where you are and where your children will be. Let's preserve Su Tempiesu and tomorrow's doors will be open and rich in what mankind has always pursued.
The temple was discovered in 1953 and dates back to the Nuragic Age, when it was used as a holy well for the "cult of the waters", a Sardinian naturalistic worship dating back to 3000 years ago. The temple was built with large blocks of basaltic stone and trachyte (these igneous rocks were not autochthonous of Su Tempiesu and were actually taken elsewhere and brought there) and features a trapezoidal atrium with side seats; two niches for votive offerings are carved into the walls and the bearing and projecting walls are made of oblique stones forming a denticular line. Small four-step stairs lead from the atrium to the tholosthat contains the water of the spring. A circular cleft at the base of the well serves as a settling basin for debris and keeps the water clean. The water overflowing the well flows along a groove running along the threshold, falls into a small basin and flows into the gutter of the floor of the atrium. The sacred spring is covered by a double-pitched structure with a facade consisting of an acute arch ending with a frustopyramidal ashlar bearing twenty bronze votive swords. The roof also features two monolithic ornamental small arches above the atrium. The vestibule is delimited by a curved wall (with two niches and shelves for offerings), at the base of which is a little well with the same shape and construction technique of the main well and where the water of the main well is collected. The small well contained several bronze votive offerings: brooches, small daggers, bracelets, necklace beads, miniature baskets and figured bronzes depicting donors. As the excavation showed, the temple was built in three different phases and was frequented from the Recent Bronze Age until the beginning of the Iron Age.
|Site name:||Su Tempiesu - Orune|
Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
|Special or combo tickets:||Ticket: 3.00 €
Cut-rate ticket (teenagers): 2.00 €
Cut-rate ticket (children): 1.50 €