Gibellina

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Gibellina
Comune
Comune di Gibellina
Coat of arms of Gibellina
Coat of arms
Gibellina is located in Italy
Gibellina
Gibellina
Location of Gibellina in Italy
Coordinates: 37°49′N 12°52′E / 37.817°N 12.867°E / 37.817; 12.867
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province Trapani (TP)
Government
 • Mayor Arch Rosario Fontana (since 02/06/2010)
Area
 • Total 45 km2 (17 sq mi)
Elevation 233 m (764 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,298
 • Density 96/km2 (250/sq mi)
Demonym Gibellinesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 91024
Dialing code 0924
Patron saint Saint Roch
Saint day 16 August
Website Official website

Gibellina (Sicilian: Gibbiddina) is a small city and comune in the mountains of central Sicily, Italy in the Province of Trapani. It was destroyed by the 1968 Belice earthquake.[1]

The new city, Gibellina Nuova, was rebuilt some 11 kilometres (7 mi) distant from the old one. The new city was designed by many of the most prominent artists and architects in Italy, but done in a piecemeal fashion so that the parts of the new city bear little relation to one another or to the indigenous architecture of Sicily.

Ruderi di Gibellina (as the ruins of the city are now referred to) remained just as it was after the earthquake, practically a ghost-town. Artist Alberto Burri covered the entirety of the ruins in concrete, while preserving the shape of the buildings and the streetscape. Additionally, Italian sculptor Pietro Consagra and Senator Ludovico Corrao formed an open air museum with a Consagra sculpture "Porta del Belice" or "Door to Belice" at the entrance. Consagra expressed a wish to be buried at Gibellina on his deathbed in July 2005.[2]

Ruderi di Gibellina by Gabriel Valentini

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