Gibellina

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Gibellina
Comune di Gibellina
Panorama di Gibellina Nuova.JPG
Coat of arms of Gibellina
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
 (28 February 2017)[2]
 • Total4,028
 • 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: Jibbiddina, Arabic: "little mount" - جبل صغير) 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 and it was designed by some of the most prominent artists and architects in Italy, called by the major, Ludovico Corrao to donate works of art to the city in order to help building it as an eccentric museum "en plein air". One of them, the Italian sculptor Pietro Consagra created a sculpture called "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]

As for the old town, the 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 till the italian artist Alberto Burri covered the entirety of the ruins in concrete, while preserving the streetscape, and so creating the famous "Cretto di Burri" out of it.

Cretto di Alberto Burri.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. 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