Wednesday, 22 April 2009

In L’Aquila

A view of the damaged Church of Santa Maria del Suffragio in the Piazza del Duomo in L’Aquila, Italy.

An aftershock destroyed what remained of the dome of the 18th-century Church of Santa Maria del Suffragio.

The prefecture of L’ Aquila also sustained heavy damage.

A plaque carved with the names of benefactors of a local orphanage, the first dating back to 1542, lay shattered.

The Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio was destroyed.

The bell tower of the San Bernardino church collapsed.

In nearby Paganica, the Conception Church “now has cannonball-sized holes”!

Debris still completely blocks many streets in Paganica and L'Aquila.

In L’Aquila, a man stood in the eerie silence photographing a mountain of debris... “It’s upsetting that people understand how beautiful L’Aquila is only when it’s destroyed”!

The clock on Sant'Eusanio Martire church is stopped at the time of the deadly earthquake, 3:32 AM, in the village of Sant'Eusanio Forconese, near L'Aquila.

A painting of the Virgin Mary and a crucifix are seen in the rubble of collapsed church building, in the village of Castelnuovo, near L'Aquila central Italy.

Workers from the Department of art preservation recover art pieces on April 10 in Onna, a village near L'Aquila, Italy.

Firefighter Roberto Contu of the SAF (Speleologic Alpine Fluvial group), seen hanging, looks at the damage inside the damaged dome of the church of Santa Maria del Suffragio, in L'Aquila.

Workers from the Department of art preservation recover art pieces from the Collemaggio Cathedral on April 11 in L'Aquila, Italy.

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