Piazza del Luogo Pio going through the motions

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One of the most odd looking places in Livorno is Piazza del Luogo Pio. Its church with adjacent belltower just barely survived the WWII bombings, while the surrounding buildings were demolished.

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Attached to the church was a home and school for orphans.

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The original name of the church was the somewhat lengthy Chiesa dell’Assunzione della Vergine e di San Giuseppe.

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By the time of my first visit to Livorno in April 2013 work had begun around the half ruins of the church, but by then I had no idea what was to become of it.

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The church peek-a-booing behind Palazzo del Refugio.

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Almost two years later the place looks very different.

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It is still very much a construction site, but slowly the ruins are integrated in very modern designed structures.

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This is the Bottini dell’Olio, a 17th century warehouse for olive oil. It will be connected to the church to form a museum for contemporary art.

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I will follow the work closely and with great interest. Not only because it is a fascinating piazza with a very special history – but also because this museum will be my neighbour!
This is “my” street and “my” canal, when I’m in Livorno🙂

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View from Google Maps with the construction site highlighted.

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2 comments on “Piazza del Luogo Pio going through the motions

  1. nyfiken says:

    Spännande!

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