Lost heritage: Quake deals blow to Italy’s art treasures


Within hours of last week’s devastating earthquake in central Italy, members of the national police squad of art experts were already exploring the mounds of rubble in several medieval hill towns. They have photographed hundreds of centuries-old churches with missing roofs, torn-away frescoes or gaping holes where stained glass once filtered sunlight. The quake and several powerful aftershocks dealt the latest blow to Italy’s long-deteriorating abundance of art and architecture… Read more

Image: The quake-hit Basilica di San Francesco in Amatrice in central Italy. —Photo: Italian Carabier/AP