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The main square (the only square!) in the town (photo, above) seems ready-made for the part. The rows of pale, one-storey buildings (called cumbessìas) look as if they should have some mighty mean hombres loitering out in front; as a matter of fact, the movie "saloon" was even open for tourists until some ornery varmints set fire to it recently. In any event, the town, itself, is ancient and the structures serve to house religious pilgrims who frequent the area in late August and early September on the occasion of the festival honoring the local saint. Most of the year, the premises are vacant. There is a local church, and there are paleo-Christian artifacts going back to the fourth century AD. As well, there are hypogaea (underground chambers) with pre-Christian depictions of Venus, Mars, Hercules, and Eros. That is not surprising, given the location of S. Salvatore di Sinis; it is on the Sinis peninsula near the gulf of Oristano and the Roman settlement at Tharros.