The Legend of Baldu
The history of the Palace of Baldu (fig. 1) is difficult to reconstruct and this has led to the birth of many legends which have survived to this day. Popular tradition has it built during the first quarter of the thirteenth century by Lamberto Visconti, to celebrate the birth of his first son Ubaldo or by Giudice Giovanni in honour of his father Ubaldo. Nevertheless, the character usually linked to the castle is that of Ubaldo II Visconti (1207-1238).
Next to the palace that bears his name "Baldu", there is the church of Santo Stefano (fig. 2), where it is said that the "Ghost of sor Ubaldo," lord of the village of Sent Steva, which must have been in the immediate vicinity, sometimes appears.
The ghost, dressed in noble Pisan fourteenth century clothes (see fig. 3), appears to the most deserving and faithful people: he complains about his state of homeless pauper, a wandering spirit, since Alfonso of Aragon killed him, destroying his castle together with that of Balaiana (fig. 4).
- F. FOIS, Castelli della Sardegna medioevale, Cinisello Balsamo 1992, p. 181.
- F. FRESI, La Gallura e le sue chiese. Viaggio tra sagre e antichi santuari, in Messaggero sardo, 2002, p. 40.
- R. MARTORELLI, Gallura: un Medioevo da esplorare, in Almanacco Gallurese, 10, 2002-2003, pp. 85-86.
- F. PINNA, Archeologia del territorio in Sardegna. La Gallura tra tarda antichità e medioevo, Cagliari 2008, p. 103.