Thiesi, versione italiana
THIESI is located on a small plateau at the foot of Pelau Mountain, 461 metres above sea level, in mainly hilly terrain. It has around 3,000 inhabitants, and is one of the most important places in the Meilogu region.
Inhabited since the Neolithic period, its important archaeological sites include the Cave of Sa Corona de Monte Majore, the megalithic site of Monte Mesu, the ipogeic tomb of Mandra Antine, which is renowned by its polychrome mural paintings and the Nuraghe of Fronte Mola – a rare rectangular example of a Nuraghe (a type of ancient megalithic edifice).
Archaeological discoveries from the Roman, Medieval and Renaissance periods testify to its uninterrupted habitation.
Within the town of Thiesi is the church of Saint Victoria, the shrine of Our Lady of Seunis, and The Holy Cross and Saint John churches (XV – XVII c.). Other places of interest include the Aragonese Prison-Tower (XVI-XVII c.) and the Aligi Sassu Museum, which houses a collection of 120 of the renowned artist’s masterpieces.
Visitors can choose from a variety of places to stay including hotels, bed-and-breakfast accommodation and agriturismo (farmstead) inns.
The town is well-known for its cheese manufacturing, but there are also a variety of other industries including arts and crafts.
Thiesi is the site of the Comprehensive Institute and the Upper Institute schools of the Meilogu region, and is served by a range of other amenities such as a hospital, chemists, veterinary practices, INPS, CESIL, and police and ranger stations.