The Belice Valley

A view into the Belice Valley

A view into the Belice Valley

In 1968 and tremendous earthquake destroyed entirely three villages in the Belice Valley. These historical cities, after the disaster, were in need of a complete reconstruction, but the politicians of that time decided to re-build the three cities, in a new location, about 30 km away from the original site, close to the high way and in a completely new postmodern structure.

Gibellina, under the power of Ludovico Corrao, the former mayor of the city, was re-built by some of the most important architects and artists of that time. The ruins of the old city were mostly covered by a huge site-specific intervention by Alberto Burri, Il Cretto, while Salaparuta and Poggioreale were left under the forces of nature.

Of Salaparuta only few walls are still standing, while the city of Poggioreale, with its historical buildings and with its central square is silently fighting the course of nature.

I Ruderi di Gibellina – Salaparuta e Poggioreale are situated in the Valle del Belice in the province of Trapani.

The old tubes, once bringing water to Gibellina

The old tubes, once bringing water to Gibellina

A view from the Cretto of Burri

A view from the Cretto of Burri

The new Church, built after the heart quake is also in ruins

The new Church, built after the heart quake is also in ruins

The ruins of Gibellina

The ruins of Gibellina

The hill of Salaparuta where once was standing the castle

The hill of Salaparuta where once was standing the castle

The ruins of Poggioreale

The ruins of Poggioreale

The old theatre of Poggioreale

The old theatre of Poggioreale

One of the church in Poggioreale

One of the church in Poggioreale

The old square of Poggioreale

The old square of Poggioreale

The cathedral of Poggioreale

The cathedral of Poggioreale

Balcony

Balcony

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