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Torre di San Pancrazio and Torre Dell'elefante, photo, description (Torre di san Pancrazio e Torre Dell'elefante)

Torre di San Pancrazio and Torre Dell'elefante is a medieval tower located in Cagliari, in the historical quarter of Castello.

Torre San Pancrazio was built in 1305, the year at the reigns in the city of Pisa Republic. It worked Sardinian architect Giovanni Capula, who also was the author of the Torre Dell'elefante, built two years later, and the Torre Dell'aquila, partly destroyed in the 18th century and is now built into the Palazzo Boyle. The tower of San Pancrazio was part of the town defence system, built by psancam Cagliari to protect from the raids of Saracen pirates and attacks by the rival Genoese. For the erection of the tower with the nearby hill of Colle di Bonaria was brought white limestone. The Torre di San Pancrazio has a wall thickness of three meters, and gates, which together with the gate Torre Dell'elefante are still the main entrance to the Castello quarter. During the reign of the Aragonese dynasty, and Torre di San Pancrazio was reconstructed and was used as a prison. In 1906, the year the tower was restored.

Torre del Elefante, also built in the 14th century to defend the city reaches 31 meters in height. Three sides of the tower were built of white limestone from the hill of Colle di Bonaria, and the fourth was open and had four floors of wooden galleries. This tower was also modified during the Aragonese dynasty, and also served as a prison, and on the walls for everyone to see hung the heads of executed criminals. In 1906, the year Torre del Elefante was restored.