Nora is the oldest town in Sardinia, founded by the Phoenicians in the eighth century BC, then occupied by Carthaginians and Romans, until the seventh century AD when it was abandoned because of the numerous invasions. At the time of Roman governance was an important commercial node connecting Sardinia to the other Mediterranean countries. The ancient city of Nora, was discovered in the fifties and today is a beautiful archaeological site, which was partially submerged by the sea, situated on the headland of Capo Pula, in west of Cagliari (38 Km). The archaeological site of Nora can be visited every day from 9.00 to 20.00 by paying an entrance fee.
The visit to the archaeological site of Nora allows visitors to learn about the origins of Sardinia and nations that have lived in the island. The guided tour of Nora begins in one of the four thermal baths dating back to Roman period (second century AD). Inside the Baths of Norasi is still possible to recognize the different environments: the locker room called the apodyterium and the three tanks chiamatecalidarium (hot tub) tepidiarium (tub of warm water), and frigidarium (cold-water basin). The tour continues to the temple of Tanit, the goddess of fertility, love and pleasure, honored by Carthaginians. Next to it, is located a small triangular pyramid stone, a symbol of the goddess Tanit, depicted with a triangle surmounted by a line and a circle. The most important monument of Nora is the Roman theater, dating back to the first century BC. The theater of Nora is the only example of Roman theater in Sardinia. It was intended to house several stage plays, but also public speeches and assemblies. In some areas of the Roman theater is possible to admire the mosaic floor, studded with marble. Since 1983, the theater of Nora hosts "The Night of the Poets", an important literary event that each year brings in Sardinia celebrities from around the world. In the commune of Pula you can visit the Civic Archaeological Museum "John Patrons", you can enjoy the complete collection of archaeological findings from Nora, including the gold foil with the head of Gorgonie found in the necropolis of Nora.
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