Press review. Caltanissetta: the S.Agata complex declared of “cultural interest” – il Fatto Nisseno

The architectural complex consisting of the church of Sant’Agata and the annexed former Jesuit Convent (together with all the works of art contained within the church) has been declared an asset of “cultural interest” and will therefore remain subject to all protection requirements envisaged for goods that are subject to restrictions.

The provision (issued on the eve of Easter by the Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity of the Regional Advisory, and bearing the signature of the service manager Caterina Perino) was adopted as the architectural complex overlooking the central Corso Umberto I “Presents cultural interest for its historical and cultural importance and for its urban, architectural and historical-artistic value”.

The process that led to the decree now adopted was started on 25 September last year when the Prefecture (following a double thief raid inside the church) asked for verification of the cultural interest of the Sant’Agata church and started the procedures for equipping it with a video surveillance system.

Immediately after the Superintendence of Caltanissetta started the procedure for verifying the cultural interest of the former Jesuit Convent attached to the church, owned by the Municipality of Caltanissetta, the State Property Agency and the Free Municipal Consortium of Caltanissetta, as part of of a single architectural complex with the church of Sant’Agata.

The existence of the cultural interest of the entire complex was verified by the Nissen Superintendence led by the architect. Daniela Vullo and sanctioned with an opinion expressed last March 3, for which now the Regional Councilorship for Cultural Heritage has issued the decree with which both the church and the former Convent have been declared of “cultural interest”, placing the constraint to safeguard the entire complex and the works of art contained within the church.

All this while work is underway for the reconstruction of the staining of the external façade of the church, at the end of a story that for over 25 years has seen the Curia oppose the Regional Councilorship for Cultural Heritage.

The last sentence of the Court of Appeal of Catania (issued in mid-January last year) established that the external mirrors of the church had to return to a light color, eliminating the Pompeian red color that in 1995 had been applied in the external mirrors during the works restoration of the church by the Superintendency of Caltanissetta.

Following that ruling, the Department has allocated 80 thousand euros for the restoration of the light-colored mirrors and has undertaken the commitment to pay 50% of the legal costs incurred by the Curia in all the past years (8,800 euros). On Christmas Eve the contract was awarded to the Edil 2000 company of Vincenzo Venezia & C of Villafranca Sicula and the works are currently in progress.

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