Alghero has been settled since about 4000 BC. The present day Old Town (Centro
Storico) dates to about 1000 when the ruling family of Genova built around a fortified
port. Genova ruled until Alghero was captured by the kingdom of Aragon in 1372. Soon
thereafter the indigenous population was expelled to make room for colonists from
Catalonia. The Catalano-Aragones were followed by the Spanish Hapsburg's who
wall along the sea in Alghero, Sardinia
citadel, Alghero, Sardinia
ruled until 1702 when the entire Leland of Sardinia were
ceded to the house of Savoy, whose descendants later
ruled Italy. Most local residents continue to understand
Catalan and one-fifth can speak that language. During the
Fascist era swamps were cleared and small cities
constructed nearby. Among the most important
monuments are the Alghero Cathedral (1570) and the
church of St. Francis (1360).  The surrounding territory
abounds in splendid beaches, the ancient nuraghe (stone
towers), and Phoenician and Roman ruins.
Below: the video "Discover Alghero"  presents photos of the city's waterfront, the historic
"Old Town" (Centro Storico) and scenes from neighoring coast and countryside.
Alghero: Romance on the Italian island of Sardinia
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the port of Alghero on the Italian island of Sardinia
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Roman copy of Greek original, the Three Graces
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