It stretches along a valley on the slopes of Mount Pelao, amid nuraghi and domus de Janas, with a cave next to it, the Grotta Ulari, inhabited by man since the Late Neolithic period, which gave its name to the town. In Borutta, there are thousand-year-old traces of its history and its long religious tradition, dating back to the 12th century, with the building of what was then the Cathedral of San Pietro, in the village of Sorres. The church survived the destruction of the village but lost its episcopal title and was later ‘reborn’ in the mid-20th century with the arrival of the Benedictines of Parma and with the construction of the adjacent monastery, the only Benedictine abbey in Sardinia. Next to one of the most majestic and elegant Sardinian Romanesque buildings, surrounded by greenery and in a quiet setting, the monks offer a fraternal welcome to anyone seeking ‘shelter’ from everyday worries, and moments of spiritual reflection. Listening to Gregorian chants and observing the activities taking place in the abbey arouses emotions, as does taking part in them. At the end of June, the atmosphere of spirituality in the village can be ‘experienced’ to the full, when Borutta celebrates San Pietro with a procession accompanied by prayers and songs, in a triumph of ancestral sounds and the colours of traditional dress.

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