City of churches, mines, and sea cliffs

Iglesias, from which Iglesiente derives its name, is a city steeped in history and culture. Founded in the 13th century, this charming city was originally known as “Villa di Chiesa” and adopted the name Iglesias during Spanish rule. Today, Iglesias represents a fascinating blend of past and present, a place where history still lives among its cobbled streets.

One of the main reasons to visit Iglesias is its rich heritage of historical monuments. Among the most fascinating places to explore are: the Cathedral of Santa Chiara, an extraordinary example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture and the spiritual heart of Iglesias. Its imposing facade and intricate details inside will leave you speechless; it is the only church in the world dedicated to Santa Chiara d’Assisi.

Cathedral of Santa Clara - Iglesias Southwest Sardinia
medieval walls of Iglesias in Southwest Sardinia

The Castle of Salvaterra dates back to the 13th century and is a symbol of power and prestige. Today, you can visit its imposing walls and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.

Iglesias has long been associated with the mining industry: visit the Mining Art Museum that will take you on a journey through its history, and Porto Flavia, a monument of industrial archaeology, where you will discover the lives of miners and the economic importance that the mining industry had for the city.

museum of mining art of Iglesias in Southwest Sardinia