Navelli, Capestrano,L’Aquila

For in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare. On that day there shall be a great earthquake…

Ezekial 38: 19 – 20 (some strong language left unchanged by me Acts 17: 30-31 also continues with this theme.)

It was lunch time when we walked up the narrow cobbled roads of Navelli. A workman informed us higher up the street that most people had left their homes for much needed work to be done on them.

Large rock built structures…
Prefab homes at the bottom of the hill with homes going up the side of the hill. We are in an earthquake zone.
We then travelled on and parked Bugsy in the market square of Capestrano, named after a friar born here in 1386.
We asked permission and all was fine till the market set up at 7am in the morning.
This town seemed to have less damage. It is situated on a crest dividing the Nevilli plain and the Ofena basin.
L’Aquila .
A vibrant big city with an amazing square.
Two identical fountains are at each end. There have been fountains here since 1303.
But these two male statues were brought here by Nicola d’Abtonio between 1927-1932.
Then cross the square towards the church on the left.
There are some names I want you to see.

Here are some facts:

A map of the city showing the darkest areas of red as those where the earthquake was most serious.

1500 people were injured

202 seriously

308 lost their lives

67,500 became homeless

100,000 buildings were damaged

Between 4 and 5 million tons of waste were generated.

The cost of the damage was estimated at 16 billion Euros.

The historical part of the city was seriously damaged due to the way the houses were constructed. However , steel buildings caused more deaths than the masonry ones when they fell.

A street made new
the buildings in a bright salmon pink and at the end a fountain.
Water gushing from a bucket lifted up by strong arms.
A wonderful site of courage and endurance.
The fountain is called
Luminous .
Built in 1934 and not damaged by the earth quakes.
These women’s figures are also made by Nicola d’ Antonio.

“We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.”

Jeannet Rankin

“There is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake.”

Lord Byron

A heartfelt acknowledgement to the courageous people of these towns still working hard to restore their buildings to their historical good looks. Thank you for looking at this post.

Sandy šŸ™‚

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