POZZO SANTA Cristina, one of Europe’s most sought after site for its sacred well and mysticism, has been in my top list to visit since the time a dear friend whispered its holy name to my ears.
Three days ago, amidst the current chaotic happenings in the world, destiny took me to Santa Cristina well temple. As I stepped on its pure ground, a mind-blowing supernatural presence of the unseen immediately took my breath away. I was enthralled, captivated, embraced by the Holy Ghost. It was an unexplainable experience that only the experiencer will understand. An absolute miraculous feeling that I will gratefully keep on revisiting, for sure.
The sacred well of Santa Cristina, that used to be an underground temple, was built during the Nuragic civilization, around 1000 BC, located in the commune of Paulilatino, Province of Oristano, Sardegna Region, Italy. It is an architectural masterpiece par excellence, says Giovanni Lilliu, the father of Sardinian archaeology.
The structure consists of the vestibule or atrium, the part in front of the stairway, where the offerings for the deity were placed. Then the stairwell which serves as the access to the hypogeum chamber to reach the well water and the underground tholos chamber.
It’s an astounding orientation and exact geometric composition, perfectly aligning and balancing the Earth and the Sun position during equinoxes. In those events, sunlight touches the bottom of the well, shimmering its radiance to the stairwell, enchanting its witness.
During the solar movement, there comes a point where the sun majestically sits right smack in the small opening hole atop. Thinking to myself, looking from down below, how it is possible for an enormous sun to fit itself in that little space. It was undeniably a work of the divine.
According to the theories established since 1972 through intuition by Carlo Maxia and Lello Fadda, supported by the astronomer Edoardo Proverbio, every 18.6 years, during the period of greater lunistice, the moon reflects its light to the well water. From the 30-cm hole on top, the sparkle reflects its glow in the entire underground temple. A paranormal sight to behold.
Santa Cristana’s name was derived from the adjacent rural church of Santa Cristina, dating back to the 11th century. Along with it are the beautiful muristenes (houses for the pilgrims). Every year, the celebration of novenas starts in mid- May, in honor of the saint, and in October, in honor of the Archangel Raphael. This sanctified medieval sanctuary is just few meters away from the Christian church and village, surrounded by hundreds of delightful olive trees.
The entire day of my visit, I stayed sitting at the last step of the consecrated stairwell. Touching and drinking its sweet magical nectar. I couldn’t get enough. Wishing I could stay or drop by every single day. I felt a deep connection to the Nuragic era. It felt like coming back home, after a long time.
Though Santa Cristina is famous for its magical well water that heals and empowers, her remnants speak more of its untold legends in silence.