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L’Ardia di San Costantino Festival, Sedilo, Sardinia

This pulse-racing, dangerous yearly race is run by brave horsemen atop athletic steeds, re-enacting Costantino il Grande’s victory over Massenzio in the year 312 in Rome. Participants include riders representing Constantino and the Massenzio, costumed flag men and a believable army doing their best to thwart the efforts the Massenzio. The roles are played by villagers who wait years, even decades, for the privilege, and the end is always a surprise. The faithful makes pilgrimmages to Sedilo from all over Sardinia, and Constantino’s victory means Christianity’s survival for another year. Taken in June, 2007.

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