According to the legend this man saw two visions in which San Costantino appeared to him. In the second vision San Costantino said "I will free you because I want you to have a church built for me. Take this bag of money, go to Sedilo and have a church built on Isei mountain". The man from Scano di Monteferro obeyed and had the church built. Later the Gothic church the man had built was enlarged and in 1789 it was renovated, in a more modern style, as the two inscriptions written in Spanish on the church walls testify.
Images of the Ardia   What is strange is that the Spanish had left Sardinia to Austrian domination 76 years before that date. Evidently the more than 400 years of Spanish domination had left their mark.
San Costantino is deeply loved by the Sardinan people. Every year, between the 5th and 7th of July, tens of thousands of pilgrims go to Sedilo from all over Sardinia to honour San Costantino.
Many of the pilgrims walk for days and nights to reach the "sagra". The church walls are covered with prayers, objects and testimonies for graces received. People do not come here to ask for miracles but to offer thanks for favours received, to keep promises they made to San Costantino.
The "Ardia" is led by "sa prima pandela" (which means "the first flag" in the Sardinian language). It is considered a great honour to be chosen as "sa prima pandela". Petitions to become "sa prima pandela" are written in an old register kept in the parish church.
Usually a candidate has to wait for many years to be chosen "sa prima pandela". The following are the criterion on which "sa prima pandela" is chosen: chronological order of the petitions; the candidate having proven his courage; demonstrated his horsemanship and substantiated his faith. "Sa prima pandela" nominates the second and the third flag bearers which he chooses from among the most capable horsemen.
  Images of the Ardia
Then these three horsemen nominate the escorts which have the very important task of preventing the "enemy" horsemen from overtaking the "sa prima pandela", who in a historical context represents the saint warrior San Costantino.
The preparations are long and meticulous. A great importance is given to the choice and preparation of the horses which will race between the shouting crowds that line the route from the village to the church. There are hundreds of riflemen who will shoot blank cartridges loaded with black dust, almost as if to prevent the galloping horses from running into the crowds which will pack every corner of this bare slope that leads to the church.

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