Pieve di Cento
|Pieve di Cento|
|Comune di Pieve di Cento|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Bologna (BO)|
|• Mayor||Sergio Maccagnani|
|• Total||15.85 km2 (6.12 sq mi)|
|Elevation||18 m (59 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2010)|
|• Density||440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Joseph|
|Saint day||19 March|
Two major earthquakes struck the region of Emilia-Romagna in 2012, killing more than twenty people and leaving thousands homeless. The first tremor struck early in the morning of 20 May; two further serious aftershocks struck 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 17th-century masterpieces by Guercino, Guido Reni and Lavinia Fontana, and exposing them to the elements.
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.
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
- "Quakes Deal Irreparable Blow to an Italian Region's Cultural Heritage", New York Times, 3 June 2012; accessed 24 January 2016.
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