San Giovanni in Sinis, in Cabras, in the province of Oristano, is one of the oldest churches in Sardinia.
It is an ancient religious building constructed in the solitude of a fishing village, a small but safe beacon of silence and prayer that has never stopped shining since the 6th century, helping countless generations of sailors find their bearings in the waves of time.
The walls of the Byzantine building – dedicated to Saint John the Baptist – were manufactured with blocks of sandstone, probably brought here from Tharros, a Phoenician city only a few hundred meters away. The structure we see now – rectangular layout, with three longitudinal naves, dome, arched windows, apse protruding to the East at the end of the transept – has maintained the look it was given by its only substantial transformation, in the 10th or 11th century.
Almost nothing has changed in fourteen hundred years. The small beacon continues to shine, modest and safe, in the waves of time.