Preservation of the remains and contemporary grafts in the former Mother Church of Santa Margherita di Belice in Sicily: ethics of restoration, conservation science and reuse

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A restoration must preserve the authentic character of architecture and its historic stratifications, differentiate the new structure and suggest a compatible reuse. This current cultural orientation supported the intervention on the remains of the former mother church of Santa Margherita di Belice in Sicily, now reused as a “Museum of Memory”. In fact, the philological reconstruction of the collapsed parts in 1968 was discarded, and targets of the restoration were the scientific conservation of the authentic fragment and the redefinition of the architectural shapes with new contemporary structural components. A scientific campaign of diagnostic tests (performed by LIRBA, University of Palermo) supported the consolidation of stucco finishes, while the reintegrated parts were made with modern materials and techniques. The new roof allows light to enter the interior of the former church and cross the screen of wooden slats that ideally proposes the shape of the collapsed vault. The paper is intended to present a summary of the survey results and the most important phases of the restoration site.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine7
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2015


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