The Stella Maris was built in the 1960s by the famous Roman architect Michele Busiri Vici, who was hired by the Aga Khan, together with other noted architects of the time (including Luigi Vietti and Jacques Couelle), to build up what is today known as the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) of Sardinia. The Stella Maris was Vici's masterpiece.
|The inside of the church is very modest. Here is a local wedding taking place|
|The red tiled roof of the front portico is supported by local juniper wood|
Different works of art may be admired inside the church, like the Mater Dolorosa attributed to El Greco, an organ from the 17th century, local juniper wood pews, and the massive bronze doors with bas-reliefs representing the theme of the Annunciation, created by the Bolognese sculptor Luciano Minguzzi (shown below).
|A side door to the church displays beautiful fish|
As if the beautiful simplicity of this church were not enough, the view down below to the old port and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is simply stunning. Funny to note the juxtaposition between the pure modesty of the Stella Maris and the exhibitionistic luxury yachts over which the church keeps a watchful eye.