20:26 / 15.01.2021.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Italian experts help rescue cultural heritage in quake-affected areas

(Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

(Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

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Religious buildings have sustained significant damage in the quakes that struck Sisak-Moslavina County, but Italian experts say most objects in them are in good condition and can be evacuated.

We are part of a working group of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities which consists of members of the army and civilians and is specialised in combating illegal trade in cultural artefacts and saving valuable objects in emergencies, said on Friday conservationist Paolo Scarpitti, who is in Petrinja together with members of the Italian Blue Helmets, Luigi Spadari and Francesco Prodigo.

The team arrived in Croatia on the order of the Italian culture and tourism minister, and a special field of their activity is rescuing objects from buildings destroyed by an earthquake, Scarpitti said.

Since Monday, Italian experts have visited some of the buildings that sustained the most damage in the recent earthquakes that occurred in Petrinja and the surrounding area, while the objects they had inspected were in good condition, he said.

Although their mission this time was only to carry out a survey and an assessment in order to make a precise evacuation plan for their next visit to Croatia, it was decided to evacuate part of the valuable national cultural heritage on Friday, including the ethnographic collection from the Petrinja secondary school and ten icons from Petrinja’s Orthodox Church of St Nicholas.

Source: HRT

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