Reconstrução da Igreja Madre de Salemi [Reconstruction of the Mother Church of Salemi], Salemi, Italy (1983-1999)
Part of:
  • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)
  • Alvaro Siza (architect)

Reconstrução da Igreja Madre de Salemi [Reconstruction of the Mother Church of Salemi], Salemi, Italy (1983-1999)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • Approximately 152 drawings (all reprographic copies)
    11 photographic materials
    0.05 linear metres of textual documentation
Scope and content:
This project series documents the Reconstrução da Igreja Madre de Salemi, the Piazza Alicia and the Recuperação do Plano Cascio in Salemi, Italy. While the records were held in the office’s archives this project was assigned the number [7]/80. The office assigned the dates 1983-1999 for this project.

The reconstruction of the mother Church of Salemi, the construction of the Piazza Alicia, and the rehabilitation of Plano Cascio was part of an urban renewal for Salemi. In 1968, an earthquake destroyed the Igreja Madre de Salemi and damaged the area. The church was never rebuilt. In 1982, Roberto Collovà and Siza we're chosen by the Curia of Mazara del Vallo for the reconstruction of the church. Instead of rebuilding it, the architects decided to use the ruins to create something new that would represent the spirit of the church and the memory of the earthquake.

Documenting this project are plans, project documentation, and correspondence. Photographic materials document construction work and the model.
Reference number:


Materials in this project series were compiled from multiple accessions. Materials within each accession were arranged by Álvaro Siza’s office and have been kept in this order.

Salemi Italy

Credit line:
When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation: Álvaro Siza fonds, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.
Language of material:
  • Italian
  • Portuguese

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