How does tower still stand?

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Its bell is gone but somehow the tower along the main road through Amatrice survived the magnitude 6.2 earthquake that hit central Italy early Wednesday morning. At least 267 souls perished. Some of these mountain villages hit may never revive.In “Some Villages in Italy May Never Recover from Earthquake,” the New York Times portrays a depressing vision of the future. The Times shows some devastating photos in “Italian Towns Before and After the Earthquake.” It is understandable that the initial reaction to ghastly death and destruction is dire, but Italy has suffered earthquakes for centuries and the peninsula is not today one boot-long string of unrepaired devastation. There are in Italy villages abandoned for various reasons (see my post “Craco, abandoned in 1963“), but quite clearly there are villages that pulled themselves up, rebuilt, and continued to create their histories. I hope some of these villages hit in Wednesday’s quake will show that spirit of never-say-die, as did the tower in Amatrice, and in that assurance I here post some old photos of that town by way of inspiration.

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About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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