Yet another signal from Livorno's 19th-century church - how much longer can it stand the strain?
Yesterday afternoon - 7th August 2011 - the road that runs along Livorno's Fosso Reale in front of the 19th-century neo-Gothic Dutch Church had to be closed off after masonry became detached from the church facade and crashed to the pavement below.
Road closed, traffic disrupted
The road will remain closed today as well, while a survey is made of the state of the masonry. It is likely that traffic and parking along this stretch will be disrupted for quite a while.
Third time this year
This is the third time this year that part of the crumbling building has fallen into the street, clearly indicating that the church needs urgent attention.
Ironically, the photographic exhibition (organised by the Livorno delle Nazioni group) which aimed to draw attention to the plight of this church during Effetto Venezia had just come to an end. How much longer do we have to wait to see some expert restoration work save this, one of Livorno's historic churches, from slow disintegration, and to make the way safe for the local population?
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