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L'Aquila - Basilica si San Bernardino

Questa foto è stata scattata qualche giorno prima del terremoto del 6 aprile 2009: ombre lunghe, una bimba che sembra non voler vedere ciò che le sta intorno... premonizioni?
Notizie storiche:
Nel 1400 la città fu famosa anche per la prolungata dimora di tre grandi santi francescani: San Bernardino da Siena, San Giovanni da Capestrano e San Giacomo della Marca. Alla morte di San Bernardino, avvenuta il 20 maggio 1444 proprio qui, la cittadinanza chiese e ottenne da papa Eugenio IV il permesso di custodirne le spoglie. Venne così edificata la monumentale basilica di San Bernardino.


ENGLISH
This picture was taken a few days before the earthquake of April 6, 2009: Long Shadows, a child who does not seem to want to see what is around ... premonitions?

Historical:
The Osservanti branch of the Franciscan order had a decisive influence on L'Aquila. As a result of initiatives by Friar Giovanni da Capistrano and Friar Giacomo della Marca, Lombard masters undertook, in the relatively underdeveloped north-east of the city, an imposing series of buildings centring on the hospital of Saint Salvatore (1446) and the convent and the basilica of Saint Bernardino. The construction work was long and difficult, mainly because of the earthquake of 1461, which caused the buildings to collapse, and the translation of the body of S. Bernardino did not take place until May 14, 1472. The whole city suffered serious damage on the occasion of the earthquake, and two years went by before repairs on the churches and convents began.

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