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ABBEY OF SAN CLEMENTE A CASAURIA

ABBEY OF SAN CLEMENTE A CASAURIA
Pescara, Italy
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BACKGROUND

The Abbey of San Clemente a Casauria was founded in 871 by Emperor Louis II, near the city of Pescara in Abruzzo. The church was dedicated to and housed the remains of Saint Clement, one of the first popes after Saint Peter and first Apostolic Father of the Roman Catholic Church. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In April 2009, a powerful earthquake hit the Abruzzo region and damaged or destroyed hundreds of buildings. The abbey’s tympanum collapsed into the nave, damaging the ambon and the Paschal candelabrum. To prevent the structure from collapsing again, temporary scaffolding and shoring were installed over the ambon and paschal candelabrum. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The disaster that struck Abruzzo in 2009 destroyed many of the region’s cultural heritage sites, creating an urgent need for the recovery of these historic structures. The conservation of the Abbey of San Clemente a Casauria is part of WMF’s long term commitment to maintaining Italy’s cultural heritage and an example of our extraordinary disaster relief efforts. (...)