Gibellina

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Gibellina
Comune di Gibellina
Panorama di Gibellina Nuova.JPG
Coat of arms of Gibellina
Coat of arms
Location of Gibellina
Gibellina is located in Italy
Gibellina
Gibellina
Location of Gibellina in Italy
Gibellina is located in Sicily
Gibellina
Gibellina
Gibellina (Sicily)
Coordinates: 37°49′N 12°52′E / 37.817°N 12.867°E / 37.817; 12.867
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
ProvinceTrapani (TP)
Government
 • MayorSalvatore Sutera
Area
 • Total46.57 km2 (17.98 sq mi)
Elevation
233 m (764 ft)
Population
(2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total4,016
 • Density86/km2 (220/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Gibellinesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
91024
Dialing code0924
Patron saintSaint Roch
Saint day16 August
WebsiteOfficial website

Gibellina (Sicilian: Gibbiddina) is a small city and comune in the Province of Trapani, the mountains of central Sicily, Italy. It was destroyed by the 1968 Belice earthquake.[3]

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 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.[4]

Ruderi di Gibellina by Gabriel Valentini.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ The Day the Earth Shook, Time Magazine, January 26, 1968
  4. ^ Agenzia Giornalistica Italia news story on death and burial of Consagra