The church of San Clemente in Casauria restored thanks to the World Monument Fund


7/4/11 – Heritage – Church of San Clemente in Casauria – Two years ago a violent earthquake shook the Italian city of L’Aquila (see here, in French). The ensuing destruction was not limited to only that area but also touched many of the surrounding villages and monuments in the Abruzzi region, including the Romanic church of San Clemente in Casauria (ill. 1 and 2).


1. Church San Clemente in Casauria after the earthquake
April 2009
Photo : Gianmarco de Felice, University Roma3

2. Church San Clemente in Casauria after the earthquake
April 2009
Photo : Gianmarco de Felice, University Roma3


Located on the plain between L’Aquila and Pescara, now the first of its importance to be restored following the disaster (ill. 3 and 4), the church will be officially open to the faithful and visitors as of 8 April 2011.


3. Church San Clemente in Casauria in restoration
2010
Photo : Gianmarco de Felice, University Roma3

4. Church San Clemente in Casauria after restauration
2011
Photo : WMF Europe, Julien Guinhut


5. Church San Clemente in Casauria, portal
2011
Photo : WMF Europe, Julien Guinhut

Founded in 871 and reconstructed in the 12th century, this church, besides its beautiful architecture, is particularly remarkable due to its ambo and the paschal column in the nave, as well as its sculpted portal and bronze doors (ill. 5). The restorations carried out in the 20th century using concrete had weakened it [1]. Consequently, the roof had partly collapsed as far as the transept, thus endangering the whole structure of the monument. The repairs were under the supervision of the architect Gian Marco de Felice in collaboration with the Sopraintendenza per i Beni Culturali, for a total cost of 2 million dollars. This operation was made possible by the World Monument Fund Europe which financed it along with the help of two, Italian and German, foundations, la Fondazione Pescarabruzzo and the Rudolf Oetker Stiftung.

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Didier Rykner, jeudi 7 avril 2011


Notes

[1] As in the case of the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assissi in 1997.



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