Where Time Stops

Castelsardo is a small village in the north of Sardinia perched on a mountain facing the sea where less than six thousand inhabitants live. They call Italy "the Continent."

 

Castelsardo is a community where time flows differently. Every year the Oratory of Santa Croce Confraternity stages the death and resurrection of Christ in a sequence of events ending the day before Easter.

 

The confreres do not share only faith. Santa Croce bonds together holy and profane: men covered with long white hoods are still men made of flesh. Once removed the white robe, the man carrying Christ on the cross is the same one drinking red wine while singing with the brothers. The brotherhood both records the flow of time during the Holy Week and creates a strong human bond, seamlessly melting the holy and the profane.