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At the center of the southern gulf that extends from Cape Spartivento to Cape Carbonara, Cagliari is the main harbor of Sardinia. Its present-day appearance is due to the Pisans who inhabited the Castello district. In this neighboorhood in the old town visit the Cattedrale di Santa Maria, built by the Pisans between the 12the and 13th centuries. The paintings in the chapter house include a Flagellation of Guido Reni.
Other churches of interest are the 16th century church of the Purissima, Santa Maria del Sacro Monte di Pietą, Santa Croce and San Giuseppe. Near the Cathedral are the former City Hall, the Palazzo del Vicerč, and the Archbishop's Palace. Further away - the Arsenal, today transformed into the Cittadella dei Musei (Citadel of Museums), and the Belgrano Palace, home to the University.
The Cittadella dei Musei consists of the National Archaeological Museum (with ceramics and pre-nuragic statuettes, Phoenician tomb furnishings, splendid Punic jewelry Roman sarcophagi, and gold jewelry dating from the High Medieval period; the Museo Civico d'Arte Orientale Stefano Cardu and the Pinacoteca Nazionale. Other museums include: National Art Gallery, Siamese Museum, Anatomical Wax Collection.
In the Marina neighboorhood next to the port have a look at the Baroque churches of S.Antonio Abate and Santa Rosalia and at the Gothic-Catalan San Sepulcro and Sant'Eulalia. Sant'Agostino, with its monumental interior, is one of the rare examples of Renaissance ecclesiastical architecture on the island.
The area of Stampace is home to some of the island's most important archaeological sites like the Roman Amphitheatre (2nd century A.D.) and the Villa di Tigellio(a complex of residences and themal baths from the Imperial period). Near the S.Avendrace neighborhood, you may visit the Tuvixeddu necropolis of Phoenician-Punic origins and the monumental Grotta della Vipera, a 1st century tomb.
Also interesting is the Botanical Garden which covers 5 hectares and contains more than 500 species of tropical plants.