"The Wonderful Capital of Abruzzo"
L'Aquila, about 67,000 inhabitants and capital town of Abruzzi, is situated on the left bank of the Aterno River, at an elevation of 2,150 feet (655 meters), in a valley surrounded by the highest mountains of the Appennines, the Gran Sasso and the Velino-Sirente, 58 miles (93 km) northeast of Rome. L'Aquila is the main historical and artistic centre of Abruzzo.
I often paint Italy. I love the country and the people and the culture.
It looks like lots of people died in this quake and lots of great art has been lost. So sad!
The Italian people are strong resilient people, they will come out stronger. I pray there won't be any more quakes. Read more at the heart of italy
Damage to Historical Monuments ‘Significant’
By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
Published: April 6, 2009
ROME — The earthquake in Abruzzo did not spare the region’s artistic patrimony, though government officials said Monday that it was too soon to determine the extent of the damage to historical buildings or works of art.
In L’Aquila, the regional capital, the earthquake caused “significant damage to monuments,” said Giuseppe Proietti, secretary general of the Italian Culture Ministry. The rear part of the apse of the Romanesque basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, much of which was restored in the 20th century, collapsed and cupolas in at least two churches in the historic center had cracked open.
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