Pieve di Cento

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Pieve di Cento
Comune di Pieve di Cento
Porta Ferrara.
Porta Ferrara.
Coat of arms of Pieve di Cento
Coat of arms
Pieve di Cento is located in Italy
Pieve di Cento
Pieve di Cento
Location of Pieve di Cento in Italy
Coordinates: 44°43′N 11°19′E / 44.717°N 11.317°E / 44.717; 11.317
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province Bologna (BO)
 • Mayor Sergio Maccagnani
 • Total 15.85 km2 (6.12 sq mi)
Elevation 18 m (59 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 6,959
 • Density 440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym Pievesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 40066
Dialing code 051
Patron saint St. Joseph
Saint day 19 March
Website Official website

Pieve di Cento (parish of Cento) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Bologna in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 25 kilometres (16 mi) north of Bologna.

Seismic damage[edit]

Madonnina in the severely damaged Church of St Mary Major

Two major earthquakes struck the Emilia-Romagna region in 2012 killing more than twenty people and leaving thousands homeless. The first struck early in the morning of 20 May with two serious aftershocks several hours later, and again nine days later causing widespread damage particularly to buildings already weakened by earlier seismic forces.

In Pieve di Cento, the shaking collapsed the cupola of the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, showering debris into the nave and threatening paintings by renowned Baroque artists like Guercino, Guido Reni and Lavinia Fontana, which are now exposed to the elements.[2]

Cardinal Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and responsible for conserving the cultural patrimony of the Holy See, visited the area to draw attention to the plight of the survivors and tweeted his prayer message accompanied by a striking photo of the serene intact faces of the Madonnina di Pieve di Cento a weakened plaster-cast effigy of the child Jesus in his mother's arms.


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/world/europe/italy-assesses-damage-to-cultural-heritage.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 "Quakes Deal Irreparable Blow to an Italian Region’s Cultural Heritage" New York Times June 2, 2012

External links[edit]