April 6, 2009

L'Aquila earthquake

The earthquake that killed scores of people in central Italy today has severely damaged a series of important historic buildings, including a famous medieval church and one of the country's best-preserved Renaissance castles.

At least four old churches were damaged in the 6.3-magnitude quake that struck early this morning, the culture ministry in Rome said.

Among them was the Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, a striking pink-and-white stone-faced structure known for its architecture and for an annual pilgrimage honouring a 13th-century pope, Celestine V, a former hermit who was both crowned and buried there.

One nave wall in the church, which is also celebrated for its 14th-century frescoes and lavish Gothic interior, collapsed in the quake, while the bell tower of another church, the lavish Renaissance-era Basilica of San Bernardino, collapsed.

From the Guardian.

Apparently some damage in Rome to the Baths of Caracalla, according to the Telegraph.

Posted by David on April 6, 2009 12:27 PM

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