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Citadel of Museums

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A city within a city

It’s easy to pass by the entrance to Cagliari’s Citadel of Museums thinking that it’s just another of the impressive stone gates that line the Piazza Aresenale. However, if you head to the right of the plaza hear the port area, you’ll see the large arch of the Porta Cristina, the only entrance to the ancient citadel where you can find various museums and collections.

Lovers or art and archaeology will find, for example, the National Archaeology Museum that outlines the evolution of Sardinian culture over the centuries, or the National Gallery. Another special museum you can visit is the collection of Susini wax models: 23 anatomical models built in wax by Clemente Susini.

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Within the walls of Cagliari

The Citadel of Museums occupies the area which was once the Royal Arsenal (occupied since the times of the Phoenicians) in the northern part of the Castello neighborhood within the city walls. It's a very picturesque place and has amazing views of the western half of the city along with several interesting museums.

The best museum in the area is the National Archaeological Museum, home not only to the famous Giants of Monti Prama, but to a collection detailing the full history of the island from the prehistoric to the Byzantine eras. I'd also suggest the Municipal Art Gallery and the small but beautiful Museum of Siamese Art and its collection of objects and weapons from the far east.

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A citadel of culture

Near the stone gate to Cagliari’s Castello neighborhood, you’ll find an imposing museum that’s home to the Giants of Monti Prama, massive statues that are unique for both their creation and history.

Besides the strictly archaeological, the Citadel is worth a visit for the amazing views it offers of the rest of the city. I’d also suggest taking a walk through the museum gardens. It’s a wonderful place and a great opportunity for lovers of art and history.

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