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almost nine years on from the Abruzzo earthquake…

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.


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Seven years on from the earthquake…

Chiesa PaganicaOn the anniversary of the 2009 Abruzzo earthquake today, I’m thinking of the 309 people who lost their lives and the many thousands who continue to reside in temporary housing seven years on.

This recent article from the Irish Times sheds some light on where reconstruction efforts in L’Aquila currently stand…

Seven years on, shadow of earthquake still hangs over L’Aquila.

As well as the damage to the Abruzzo capital, many surrounding small towns also continue to be affected in the aftermath including the villages where my family comes from and the house that has belonged to the family for generations. Many of these once lively villages remain almost ghost towns while it is assumed they have been rebuilt.

Stiamo pensando di tutti voi.


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