Restoration of cultural heritage
The cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption in Reggio Emilia represents, together with the Basilica of San Prospero and the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Ghiara, one of the symbolic buildings in the history of the city. The last significant restoration works in the building had been conducted in the mid-Nineteenth century, a circumstance that contributed to preservation of antique decorative schemes and the original painting surfaces. An important operation of restoration had been conducted on the occasion of the great Jubilee in 2000. At the opening of the cultural heritage restoration worksite, there were great expectations that it would be possible to uncover the fascinating chronicle of the building and make it available to the city of Reggio Emilia. Its long history began with an early medieval church standing on the abandoned structure of a rich Roman domus; the first cathedral was built in the Carolingian era and it was rebuilt in the Ottonian period; restructured in the Romanesque period, the current structure dates mainly to the Sixteenth century. Great insights into this complex and fascinating architectural and historical journey were in fact revealed in the course of TECTON’S cultural heritage restoration. The archaeological and artistic discoveries that emerged during these works were previously unknown, contributed to recreating a complete image of the cathedral and revealing profound meanings that were lost in the shadows of time. Now an interesting and profound liturgical adjustment is underway, under the direction of the Italian Episcopal Conference, which will complete the cultural heritage restoration journey begun ten years ago.
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