New Earthquake Strikes Umbria, Italy: Church of San Benedetto da Norcia Collapses [GALLERY]

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A  powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake striked central Italy on Sunday morning,  the strongest tremor to hit the country since 1980. Numerous buildings have collapsed, among them the ancient basilica of San Benedetto in Norcia, Umbria.

Only a few days ago another devastating tremor completely destroyed the medieval church of San Salvatore di Campi di Norcia [PHOTOS AND ARTICLE HERE].

The current monastery was physically located above the 5th century ruins of the house of St. Benedict and his twin sister St. Scholastica, and has been the location of monastic communities since the tenth century AD.

The façade, the side portal and the lower bell tower dated from the late 14th century, and is the only part of the church that survived collapse. In 1570 a portico (Portico delle Misure) was added to the right side, by will of the commune and the ecclesiastical authorities, to act as covered cereals market, this also collapsed. On the side, near the transept, was a spur with a niche housing a Madonna with Child from a local, late-Gothic painter.

The basilica had a Latin cross plan, with a single nave. The apse and the internal dome at the transept dated from the 18th century reconstruction only the 14th-century triumphal arch, restored in the 1950s, remained from the original Gothic nave.

Below are some dramatic images of the church as it was before the quake and now, after collapse. (further updates coming up)

Foto: Norcia.net , Twitter et alii.

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Earthquake Strikes Central Italy, Medieval Church with Renaissance Frescoes Collapses – GALLERY

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A new earthquake strikes Central Italy. On Wednesday, October 26th 2016, some minutes after  7pm, two tremors reported  5.5 and 6.1 magnitude caused major damages and building collapses in Umbria ad Marche, but luckily no victims.

The beautiful medieval church of St. Salvatore di Campi di Norcia,  Umbria, almost completely collapsed. Below are some dramatic images of the church, before and after the strikes.

The epicentres were near the village of Visso, located on the edge of the region of Marche close to the border with Umbria. Visso is just 70 kilometres (45 miles) from Amatrice, striked by a powerful earthquake last August,  and also not far from L’Aquila where another tremendous event killed more than 300 in 2009.

Photos: : La Valernina.it et alii (from the Web).

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Conference in San Pietro in Valle, Umbria

An interesting event took place on Saturday, Feb. 6th in Ferentillo, Umbria, Italy.  The marvellous Abbey founded in the VI century by Faroaldo I, the Longobardic Duke of Spoleto, hosted a conference on the history and arts of the monument. Occasion was given by a long article by Dr. Elena Percivaldi, medievalist and writer, just published on “Medioevo”, Italy’s leading widespread magazine concerning the Middle Ages.

Many authorities and a wide audience were present. Speakers were Elena Percivaldi, Andreas Steiner (editor in chief of “Medioevo”), the mayor of Ferentillo Paolo Silveri,  Sebastiano Torlini (president of the local Archaeological Group Naharki Valnerina), Giorgio Flamini (Italia Langobardorum) and Enrico Chigioni, publisher of Capsa Ars Scriptoria, an international project (“The casket of time – The Longobards”) aiming to enhance the Longobard cultural heritage by editing facsimile manuscripts.

Early music was performed by Fortebraccio Veregrense, among Italy’s leading reenactors of the Longobardic period.

 

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Further links:

Abbazia di San Pietro in Valle 

Elena Percivaldi

Medioevo

Capsa Ars Scriptoria

Italia Langobardorum

Fortebraccio Veregrense