Heavy snow causes damage to Italy’s historical landmarks

 February 15, 2012 ROMEHeavy snow in recent weeks has already wreaked havoc across Europe — now it is damaging some of the continent’s most recognized historic monuments. The Colosseum in Rome has been forced to shut after small pieces of its walls crumbled away as a result of freezing temperatures. And buildings in the historic walled town of Urbino — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — are reported to be at risk of collapse under the weight of snow, following unprecedented blizzards in the area. In the Italian capital, thousands of tourists have been disappointed to discover the Colosseum, one of the city’s most popular attractions, is closed to visitors, while checks are carried out to determine the extent of the damage and to help prevent further movement. Cristiano Brughitta, spokesman for Italy’s Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, said the damage was caused by ice forming on the walls of the monument. David Pickles, senior architect at English Heritage, told CNN such damage was an extreme version of the natural wear and tear buildings face during everyday weather. “There’s a whole freeze/thaw cycle of damage to buildings where moisture gets into the stonework, into the pores of the stone, it then freezes and expands very significantly, it then breaks up the stone and then when it thaws, bits of stone will start falling off. “That’s happening all the time, of course, that’s one of the major decay mechanisms in historic buildings anyway, because they’re largely water permeable… You can’t treat stone to stop it happening.” –CNN
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7 Responses to Heavy snow causes damage to Italy’s historical landmarks

  1. MalachiYAH says:

    So people check this out… And might I ask why would they put this in the news if it wasn’t happening right now…?


    • MalachiYAH says:

      I only say this because along with that come the shifted axis lines as well and I think in a few years we’ll say in hind-sight that these hushed topics of the news where a lot larger than we gave them credit for at the time… I also think that many millions of people will have wished that they had listened and prepared themselve for these events….


  2. Shellee says:

    Really sad they have some very old beautiful buildings. A lot of their history will be lost.


  3. James says:

    Shellee, I agree. We have allowed ourselves to lose touch with SO Many things from our past. Not to mention the lessons that we should be learning from it as well.


  4. Louise says:

    It is as it is. I am not sad at all that such buildings, erected in the honor of Satan, be damagaed or destroyed. The Colosseum was capable of seating 50,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions (of Christians, of course), etc. The Beast has had its terrestrial minions erect many, many such buildings around the world in its honor, in which human beings and animals were tortured and sacrificed to feed its power franzy. I think it is a very good sign that such places are closed. May you all be well.


  5. -oi!gracias says:

    “The grass withers, the flower fades,
    But the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8

    and so goes those historic edifies …


  6. Tim says:

    NASA Earth Observatory – Image of the Day

    ~ Cold Snap Across Europe


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