History and culture beyond the wall. Donati: “Let’s take back San Francisco Grande and start excavating Porta Marola”

Prepare complex a church Born in San Francisco Grande Monastery and start excavation campaign To highlight the foundations Church of San Maurizio AndMarula ancient village. Two potential cultural and archaeological gems are located today only a few meters from the Arsenal wall. This is the proposal that Piero Donati Since the pages of the city of La Spezia hosted periodically under the title “Optional topic”.

While in town, controversy was ignited over the alleged errors of Ligurian censorship in the failure to implement projects such as the skate park in Pegazzano or the suspended promenade in Viale Italia, there are those who remember that the protective body used by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage had nothing to do with unfinished matters such as Spezialand or Connect to Tramonti Beach via the Monesteroli Tunnel or a jet of tens of meters in the middle of the bay. There are also those who remember, on the other hand, that the protection of cultural, landscape and architectural heritage can be an engine for development and an increase in opportunity, and not only prohibitions. This is exactly the case of Donati, who is already an art historian Regional Officer for 25 years of the Supervisory Authority for the Historical and Artistic Heritage of Liguriawho proposes a new way of dealing with the issue of military zones, with a view to recovering some spaces which, if the international situation permits, do not seem to be considered strategic for purposes of very high cultural value, since they are located on the outer margin of the base.
Donati remembers an approach that is not entirely new. It was precisely at the time when I was representing the oversight body, and I feel, that Maritime Technical Museum from the arsenal Opened up to the city and touristsEven if there was no talk of tourism at the time. The museum, which was born in 1924 and sanctioned by royal decree signed by Vittorio Emanuele III and Minister of War Benito Mussolini in 1925 to win the sympathy of senior naval officers, especially of royal creed, was in fact considered to be a place of nostalgia and memories of the prerogative of such high official as the Club officers today. Only on the occasion of San Giuseppe opened the museum with the arsenal. I pretend I was the first to want to invest the public resources of Restoration and preservation of icon setwhich is one of the most important sites in the world, but also made the Maritime Art Museum Protector of culture in its broadest sense compared to what he had.

In the same spirit that Donati proposes today to assess the design of an excavation campaign in an area located a few meters from Porta Marulawhere town San Vito, including the Church of San Maurizio, which dates back to the early Middle Ages. “At that time the cult of this saint spread in Liguria and the Alps, to which Porto Maurizio, for example, was dedicated, in Imperia. A large sarcophagus preserved today in the Civic Museum comes from the church that once stood in Marola, and I think that in addition to the foundations of the church, You can find village houses Marolini Claiming a sea view? Another big step in the historical restoration of their country – says the art historian – can pass from this excavationwhich would allow you Really rewind history“.

San Francisco Grande

But there is another intervention, perhaps more impressive and influential, which according to Donati and which was hoped to be made in 2009, even without specific proposals, could be made by Alberto Scaramucciaanother stylus proudly hosted by CDS today.
“Of course, it’s a complicated game, but it sure is – he continues donate yourself – It might be worth working on it in the next few years to give La Spezia a place where the city’s roots really sink in. The San Francisco Grande Complex, which has been preserved almost entirely within the arsenal, is in fact the only example of 15th century architecture extant, in its entirety, in the city. The double-pillared monastery adorned with the typical capital with watercolor leaves is of great interest, as is the utopian story cut meat, a figure originally from Levanto, having promoted the construction of the monastery of San Francesco in his town in 1449, in 1470 she began to build a convent also in La Spezia, where Augustinian friars were also present at that time. At the end of the eighteenth century in the city there were four male monasteries and one, and yet there are still those who speak of Spezia as a fishing village before the development of the arsenal … There was also a theater and a bank … “.
Returning to the merits of the recovery intervention supposing Donati, it will be necessary to find alternative housing for Carabinieri Barracks of the Arsenal It is now located in the monastery and al paint deposit It is in the church. But the available space is definitely not available… Also in this case, the distance from the surrounding wall and the absence of strategic elements can allow Modify the layout of the walls The complex was opened to civil or at least mixed uses such as the museum.
“The recovery of this very important cultural aid – continues the historian – can be included in a Itinerary that can be covered in one day which also includes Aquasanta Sanctuary and the Church of Santa Caterina di Campigliaa structure of the fourteenth century, which was later expanded and modified, and from which the so-called stonework was made Napoleon Fountain (known as Fontana di Nozzano), which is located at the beginning of the path to Schiara, Fossola, Monesteroli, Riomaggiore or BiassaEverything is put together: pictorial or representational beauty From the coastal areas, which crosses History of La Spezia in the Middle Agesin the context of stratification of centuries and Various functions performed by the territory Manifested in the mode historical roots within Military garrison of the nineteenth centurySuch as Another itinerary that you bet hard on, like fortifications Based on 19th century walls that protects the city.
But in Donati’s intentions there is also Set things straight, Literally. For example, works like the canvas by Aurelio Lumi or Martyrdom of San Bartolomeo From Moneglise Luca Cambiassonow preserved in a church Santa Maria Assunta, in Piazza Beverini. “They could certainly find a more suitable and more appreciated location in the refectory of the San Francesco Grande Convent, a space that has been kept in good condition thanks to the respectful management of the Carabinieri,” suggests the expert.
It is almost impossible, however, forHigh altar from 1777 and balustrade which was instead placed in a church Our Lady of Health, in Bryn Square, but in the seventies of the last century it was distorted and reduced. And maybe lost forever.

Finally, in addition to the museum and architectural restoration functions, in Donati’s proposal we can also see elements that would also give answers from the professional profile and, again, the tourist profile.
“The spaces of the monastery, with its beautiful double monastery, are too large to foresee incision. On the other hand, a Hall with conference functions, to respond to a need that we have heard repeated many times in recent years. The property will also be on the way to Porto Venere, perform and create new services for the benefit of another gem of our territory. But the roofs of the monastery can also be partially dedicated to the prestigious Lecture hall on the nearby campus Transferred to Flakmata. It can even host Applied Research Center To protect and preserve cultural heritage, also given the fact that Liguria lacks such a structure that could accommodate the work of academics. For example, given what is in our territory, we can look forward to a transaction Works in stone materialsthreatened by weather and pollution. In short – concludes Donati – the possibilities are many and they all open our eyes to potential future developments for the city.”

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