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How amazing this sight was upon rounding the corner of the cliff. What an interesting mix of muted colors of the houses, earthy brown of the mountain against the pale blue sky and the deep blue of the Straights of Bonifacio. I drove down to the marina and climbed out on the the rocks to get the magnificent view of the mountain/city in its entirity. What a view. I just sat there on the rocks with the breeze blowing and the waves crashing as I took in this fantastic sight!
Castelsardo was founded in the XII century by the Genovese family of Doria. It is situated on the summit of a rocky promontory in a strategic position dominating the harbour. The castle and fortifications were built in this time period. Beginning in the second half of the XV century, Castelsardo belonged to the Aragonians.
Walking down the characteristic alleys behind the small church of Purgatorio, you can see the cathedral of St. Anthony Abbot (XVII Century) from whose small churchyard it's possible to admire the sea's marvellous panorama. An aisle inside the cathedral conserves the original, late gothic construction of a Presbyterian area from the XVI Century and a beautiful chorus from the first half of the XVII Century.
The pretty church of St. Mary is situated just below the medieval Doria Castle built in the medieval period and later modified. In an inside aisle, there are wooden alters, an antic statue of St. Francis and a small chapel with a crucifix of the Black Christ. It's the oldest one on the island.