The original Fossa church, built early 1200s, Santa Maria ad Cryptas, damaged and braced when I saw it soon after the 2009 earthquake as aftershocks occurred. And on the right, undergoing restoration of 800-year-old, Gothic-Byzantine frescoes inside (photo courtesy Fossa Commune).
Religious depictions aside, it’s great how frescoes in this church also portray the pagan agrarian calendar and seasons important to a rural community while showing stories for those not fortunate to learn to read. Since the 14th century, the area has had at least seventeen earthquakes yet this little structure filled with art survives eight centuries so far.
Almost nine years on from the earthquake, rebuilding is a long time coming and many villagers, including my relatives, still reside in temporary housing. So it’s with much hope to learn of restorations starting to happen for various public structures as well as private dwellings in Fossa and other municipalities affected in the area. Fingers crossed it continues and gains momentum.