Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations because of its rich history, art and culture. In fact, the country sees more than 50 million tourists a year with tourism being one of its biggest revenue generators. Unfortunately, the series of recent earthquakes destroyed many historical landmarks. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said they will rebuild everything that Italy has lost. So what are the attractions that were destroyed?
The basilica of the 12th century St Benedict was located in Norcia and was built on the birthplace of the Catholic saint. On October 30, an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 hit the country and the historic basilica was unfortunately reduced to rubble. He had just been inspected back week by the Ministry of Culture for structural repairs. Cathedral Santa Maria Argentea, known for its 15th century frescoes, was also destroyed Sunday. The bell tower of the city had deep cracks in it, reported Italian media. The city was home to many walls in the ancient Roman city and they also collapsed Sunday. Many other historic buildings are said severely damaged. There were several old churches that had crumbled in the earthquake earlier this August.
Amateur is known for Cente Chiese (100 churches) and is known as one of the most beautiful cities. On August 24, an earthquake hit Italy and 13th century amateur Civic Tour has been damaged, but still erect. However, with the earthquake on Sunday, the civic tower just collapsed. The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi had survived the earthquake in August, but half of the facade of the 15th century church of Sant'Agostino collapsed. The old clock tower stood post the earthquake in August, but on Sunday partially crumbled too. More than 900 works of art, including paintings, were recovered from the rubble Amateur dated October 21 and now needs to be restored.
Most of the town was destroyed because of the earthquakes in August this year and in 2009. The L'Aquila's cathedral, which is the main church dedicated to Saint Maxime Aveia (San Massimo) saw parts transept of its collapse due to earthquakes. Other than tourism, historic town is popular for skiing in winter.
Although Rome was 150 km from the epicenter of Sunday's earthquake, some historic buildings were damaged. Cracks had formed in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls built in the 4th century. He was arrested for crack inspection appeared and some molding collapsed. The church's dome Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza in the city was also damaged by cracks appearing. Francesco Borromini, renowned architect of the 17th century in Italy, had built this baroque church.