- Altitude: 225 m a.s.l
- Population: about 130,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal codes: 07100
- Dialing Area Code: +39 079
- Patron Saint: San Nicola, celebrated on 6 December
- Frazioni & Localities: Argentiera, Bancali, Campanedda, Canaglia, Caniga, La Corte, La Landrigga, La Pietraia, Li Punti, Ottava, Palmadula, Platamona, Saccheddu, San Giovanni, Tottubella
In 1369 it came under the enlightened rule of the dukes of Arborea Mariano IV and his daughter Eleanor, but fell again under the influence of the Aragonese and the Saracens. In 1527 the city was captured and sacked by the Doria and finally the Spaniards who ruled until the early 18th century when the whole of Sardinia came under the Savoy.
History - Modern Times
What to see
- The Cathedral of St. Nicholas of Myra, dating from the thirteenth century but modified and enlarged in the Catalan Gothic style from the 1480; in the transept the Mausoleum of Placido Benedetto Savoy, the Count of Moriana, is preserved, a neoclassical marble work by Felice Festa (1807)
- 11 km towards Porto Torres excavations at Mount Accodi, with a pre-nuragic altar of Mesopotamian type, the only one of its kind in the western Mediterranean;
- 17 km to the south-east along the road to Oschiri stands the 13th century church of the Holy Trinity of Saccarigia.