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World Ancient basilica on lagoon island hard hit in Venice flood

19:43  19 november  2019
19:43  19 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The ancient Santa Maria Assunta Basilica , and the adjacent Santa Maria Fosca church, were “abundantly flooded ” three times last week, with the lagoon salt water seeping into mosaic floors and the marble columns, said Alessandro Polet, spokesman for the Venice Patriarchy said.

MILAN (AP) — One of the most ancient churches of Venice, a Byzantine basilica established in the year 639, counts among the 60 churches damaged in three exceptional floods last week.

A city worker helps a woman who decided to cross St. Mark square on a gangway, in spite of prohibition, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge Sunday. That comes after Tuesday's 1.87 meter flood, the worst in 53 years, followed by high tide of 1.54 meters on Friday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) © Provided by The Associated Press A city worker helps a woman who decided to cross St. Mark square on a gangway, in spite of prohibition, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge Sunday. That comes after Tuesday's 1.87 meter flood, the worst in 53 years, followed by high tide of 1.54 meters on Friday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

A spokesman for the Venice patriarchy said Tuesday that the ancient basilica flooded three times last week, with the lagoon salt water seeping into mosaic floors and the marble columns.

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The ancient Santa Maria Assunta Basilica , and the adjacent Santa Maria Fosca church, were “abundantly flooded ” three times last week, with the Due to its position in the lagoon , the water took longer to recede than from the historic centre of Venice . The floods also destroyed a walkway to the

Santa Maria Assunta Basilica . One of the most ancient churches of Venice , a Byzantine basilica established in the year 639, is The ancient Santa Maria Assunta Basilica , and the adjacent Santa Maria Fosca church, were "abundantly flooded " three times last week, with the lagoon salt water

Alessandro Polet said the Church of Santa Maria Assunta has been cleaned with fresh water, but the extent of the damage will take time to assess, as the salt is especially corrosive and absorbs into the materials. Due to its position in the lagoon, the water took longer to recede than from the historic center of Venice.

Tourists and residents resume their normal routine at a bar in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. High tidal waters returned to Venice on Sunday, days after the city experienced its worst flooding in more than 50 years. Venetians coped with another exceptional tide Sunday in a season that is setting records while other parts of Italy wrestled with a cornucopia of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche. (Emiliano Creeps/ANSA via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press Tourists and residents resume their normal routine at a bar in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. High tidal waters returned to Venice on Sunday, days after the city experienced its worst flooding in more than 50 years. Venetians coped with another exceptional tide Sunday in a season that is setting records while other parts of Italy wrestled with a cornucopia of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche. (Emiliano Creeps/ANSA via AP)

Venice city hall noted the damage on Instagram, saying the basilica had been “hard hit.”

Venice floods threaten priceless artwork and history - and a unique way of life .
“The threat is if Venice becomes uninhabitable by normal humans beings."“This is certainly the moment to draw attention not to the cats of Venice but to its buildings, which are slowly but surely disintegrating,” the reader wrote.

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