A restoration and conservation project of the “Saint Dominic” Monastery in Soriano Calabro, Italy

Nazzareno Davolos


The article is extracted from the Master Thesis about Restoration of the Monuments at “La
Sapienza”, University of the Studies of Rome. The Monastery was one of the most important of the
Dominican Order in Europe. The building dates back to year 1510, it broke down almost completely
in the earthquake of year 1659. It was rebuilt following the architect B. Presti’s project. At the present
time the “Saint Domenic” Monastery largely seems a ruin, mainly as a consequence of the cat-
N. Davolos - A restoration and conservation project of the ÒSaint DominicÓ Monastery...
astrophic earthquake in 1783. However, with the new look that has acquired, it still preserves an
extraordinary charm that continues to astonish.
The project followed the trend of the critical and conservative restoration with the safeguard of the artistic
and figurative data of the “Saint Domenic” Monastery which has been analysed through an accurate
historical-critical work. The idea is to preserve and transmit to the future generations the “Saint Domenic”
monument in his authenticity, in its formal and material consistence, with the marks of the passing of
time. The abstracts reports only the most important aspects which are representative of the project.
Besides the historical analysis, laboratory examination have been executed on the material used in the
construction of the ancient facade through the observation of thin sections by optic microscope and with
the realization of spectrum of X-ray diffraction, in order to know the nature and composition, the state
of preservation and the kinds of deterioration to support an appropriate intervention of restoration.

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DOI: 10.6092/issn.1973-9494/1405


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