Abruzzo church treasures lost.
L’Aquila has lost a handful of eccelestical treasures in the overnight earthquake, including the renowned church of San Bernardino di Siena.
By Our Foreign Staff
Last Updated: 4:58PM BST 06 Apr 2009
Much of the town was destroyed by an earthquake in 1703 but the San Bernardino di Siena’s Renaissance façade designed by Nicolò Filotesio survived in its 15th century form.
The unique façade boasts three column sections in doric, ionic and corynthian styles. This is views as a perfect expression of the fashionable ideal of a perfect fusion of Greek and Latin form with Christianity.
The Baroque interior of the church was rebuilt after the 1703 earthquake. At 96m long it is divided into three ailes that join under the Dome.
The mausoleum of St. Bernardine is viewed as Abruzzi’s greatest Renaissance sculpture by Silvestro dell’Aquila, a pupil of Donatello’s
The town also boasted a massive fortress, Forte Spagnolo, which was built by a former Spanish Viceroy and is now hhome to the National Museum of Abruzzo.
The current facade of the Duomo, which traces its origins to the 13th century, dates from the 1800s.
Near the town is the church of S. Maria di Collemaggio, also had a Romanesque façade in red and white marble. The outstanding feature is intricately decorated portals, each has a rose-window above.
Inside the church is a mausoleum of Pope Celestine V erected in 1517.
Private collections thought lost are in the Palazzi Dragonetti and Persichetti.
Two famous fountains are the Fontana delle novantanove cannelle, a fountain with ninety-nine jets distributed along three walls, constructed in 1272.
The Luminous Fountain, a well-known city landmark is a sculpture of two women bearing large jars, built in the 1930s.