Oristano is a town and comune, capital of the Province of Oristano, on the island of Sardinia, Italy. It has approximately 32,500 inhabitants.
Its economy is mainly based on fishing, agriculture and, to a certain extent, tourism. Oristano was previously known by the Byzantines as Aristanis, and founded close to the Phoenician settlement of Othoca (now Santa Giusta).
The Tower of St. Christophoros, otherwise known as Tower of Mariano II, was built in 1290, is 19 metres tall and the most striking remaining evidence of the old walls built at the time of the Giudicato, as it was one of the main gates thereof.
Torrione ("Big Tower") of Portixedda.
St. Mary's Cathedral (1130) was rebuilt during the reign of Mariano II after being destroyed in a siege.
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi was built around 1200 and is currently in neo-classical style. Therewithin is the Christ of Nicodemus, a wooden sculpture believed to be the work of Valencian masters, dating back to the 14th century.
The Franciscan church of Santa Chiara (consecrated in 1428) is an edifice in French-Gothic style with a single nave and a square apse.
The Church and cloister of the Carmine is one of the best examples of Baroque-Roccoco architecture in Oristano.
The Church of Saint Sebastian is the only medieval extramural church, i.e. it is located outside the walls.
The Church of Saint Dominic (San Domenico) was built in 1634 at the initiative of friar Pietro Flores and financially supported by local nobleman Baldassarre Dedoni.
In the village of Massama is the small pre-Romanesque church called Oratory of the Souls, showing influences from the Visigothic art of the 8th century.