Phantom church in Italy’s Puglia resurrects archeological remains

Published on : Tuesday, April 19, 2016

phantom churchArtist Edoardo Tresoldi has created a ghostly reconstruction of a destroyed basilica at the Santa Maria Maggiore di Siponto church in Puglia, Italy.



Abandoned after earthquakes in the 13th century, the area formerly assumed the role as one of the principal harbors in the region. The land hosts the ancient remains of an early christian basilica along with the several artifacts emblematic of apulian-romanesque architecture. It illustrates the town’s role as one of the most important dioceses in the region.



On the site of this early church, a permanent installation has been made from transparent metal wiring and it marks the opening of a new archaeological park beside an existing church.


The sculpture, titled ‘basilica di siponto’, occupies the vast space as a light and transparent volume, resurrecting the archaeological remains as a sculptural form for visitors to experience and explore. it has been built in three months which costed around €3.5 million ($3.96 million) and is corresponding to the original size of the Paleo-Christian basilica that once stood on the site. The layers of mesh metal intersect and overlap to form cavernous archways, soaring columns and a romanesque roof.


With MiBACT (the ministry of cultural heritage and activities) and the archaeology superintendence of puglia, tresoldi has added his contemporary artwork to the archaeological context, giving new life to the ancient church.


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