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Domus de Janas Monte Arista: A Journey into Sardinia's Prehistoric History

Let yourself be transported back in time and immerse yourself in the fascinating prehistoric history of Sardinia with a visit to Monte Arista Domus de Janas, located just a short walk from your “Artist’s Home Retreat Jerzu” refuge. These ancient hypogeal burials, dating back to the pre-Nuragic era, offer a unique and evocative experience that will allow you to discover the secrets of an ancient civilization.

The Domus de Janas, literally “fairy houses” in Sardinian, are hypogeal burials carved into the granite rock dating back to the period between 3500 and 3000 BC. Characterized by accurate architecture and a remarkable variety of forms, these tombs are divided into three main groups:

A: It includes four domus, of which one is single and the other three are arranged on different levels within a single block.

B: Also consisting of four domus, three of which were carved from a single block of rock.

C: It houses two domus carved into two separate blocks, located at a lower level than the other groups.

The domus de Janas generally have a longitudinal plan and are divided into two types:

Mono-cellular: Consisting of a single chamber excavated in the rock.

Bi-cellular: Composed of two distinct chambers, often connected by an opening.


Monte Arista: Visiting tips


  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for walking on dirt trails.
  • Bring water and a flashlight with you, especially if you are visiting the site in the evening.
  • Respect the silence and the surrounding environment.
  • Do not damage the domus de Janas or archaeological finds present.

An excursion to Monte Arista Domus de Janas is an unmissable experience for lovers of history, archeology, and nature. A fascinating journey to discover the origins of Sardinia, which will leave you breathless.

In addition to the intrinsic beauty of the domus de Janas, a visit to this site offers the opportunity to:

  • Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of prehistoric Sardinia.
  • Appreciate the craftsmanship with which these burials were made.
  • Reflect on the cycle of life and death in an ancient society.
  • Enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the Sardinian coast.

If you are looking for a unique and unforgettable experience during your stay in Sardinia, a visit to Monte Arista Domus de Janas is absolutely not to be missed.

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