was founded by St.
Francis of Assisi
in 1218, but very few thing remained of the ancient
building before the intervention of restoration of Tommaso Buzzi
one of the maximum exponents in the Italian architecture of the '900s. The
actual aspect of the Buzzi's city
is entirely owed to the work of the
architect that among the years 1960 and 1981 integrally turned the sacred
building into a real dense city of quotations and meanings, often of mysterious
character, dark and from the special taste. Besides the recovery of the sacred
, constituted by the Franciscan environments, it rises in all of its
complexity a profane space
, a path through environments and places
conceived as suggestive mystical and native itinerary between fantastic images
and illegible symbols. The whole city appears as a theatrical machine
which find space seven places devoted to the stage art, connected among them
from tangled streets and suspended stairways, where all the architectural
elements are elaborated to the insignia of a very personal neo-mannerism
Buzzi has succeeded in the admirable enterprise to give body to a dream moving
to the reality what appear as a pure birth of the imagination. It's a not-place
or a place that only the spirit can perceive it as really, made of allusions,
of postpones, of perspectives, something closed in itself, but inevitably open
in every direction.
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