With 2 million and 200 thousand euros, the Puglia Region is back to financing small interventions for the protection and enhancement of real estate, public or private, of cultural heritage that have particular historical, artistic and religious value. And, this time, it does so by ensuring the economic coverage of 42 construction sites with which bell towers, chapels, vaults, sculptures, altars, baptisteries or pulpits will be recovered, restored or maintained.
“These are small interventions with which we support the embroidery of a web of spirituality and culture in places where the religious heart of the communities of the faithful is kept and the secular one of the flow of history and of the stories that have crossed them and cross them”, he said the vice president of the Puglia Region and councilor for public works, Raffaele Piemontese, commenting on the framework of the financed interventions.
With the budget of 500 thousand euros expressly aimed at seismic improvement and energy efficiency, as well as interventions to restore the original conditions of the chapels, extraordinary maintenance, conservative restoration and commissioning were financed in Panni, in the province of Foggia in safety of the bell tower of the mother church of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo, with 160 thousand euros; in Fasano, in the province of Brindisi, the restoration of the original conditions of the chapel of the church of San Giovanni Battista, with 340 thousand euros.
Given that the number of requests addressed to the chapters of the regional budget destined for extraordinary maintenance and conservative restoration exceeded the requested budget, maximum contributions of 35 thousand and 500 euros were assigned to the Municipalities and 43 thousand and 170 euros to the social institutions attributable to religious bodies of the Catholic Church and other confessions.
IN THE METROPOLITAN CITY OF BARI
Altamura. Recovery of the buried caves of the underground site of San Michele delle Grotte € 43,170
Bari. Consolidation and restoration of the bell tower of the church of Maria Santissima del Rosario € 43,170 – Conservative restoration of the frescoes on the main facade of the church of San Giuseppe € 42,436 – Conservative restoration of the internal surfaces of the liturgical hall and extraordinary maintenance of the church roofs of San Ferdinando € 43,170
Binetto. Consolidation and conservative restoration of the external sculptural apparatus of the church of Santa Maria Assunta € 43,170
Castellana Caves. Restoration of the high altar in the church of Santa Maria della Vetrana € 43,170
Gravina of Puglia. Conservative restoration work on the inside of the dome of the Church of San Domenico € 43,170 – Conservative restoration of the dome of the ducal church of Santa Maria del Suffragio known as “del Purgatorio” € 43,170 – Conservative restoration of the facades behind the church of Sant’Agostino € 43,170 – Restoration conservation of the rooms on the ground floor of the cloister of San Sebastiano € 43,170
Triggiano. Consolidation and restoration of the bell tower of the Madonna della Croce church € 43,170