Tecniche costruttive “antisismiche” e interventi di restauro “moderno” nell’archimandriato di Messina e nel monastero di San Filippo di Demenna

Giovanni Minutoli


The Basilian monks of the greek’s rite, are rooted in the whole territory of Messina and build many monasteries. Among the most important archimandriato of the Holy Savior of Messina, main church of the order, and the monastery of San Filippo of Demenna (or Fragalà), near to Frazzanò, in the province of Messina. The two monasteries are linked not only by the period of the foundation but also from the relationship between both the Norman house of Sicily, in fact Adelaide del Vasto, wife of Roger I and mother of Roger II, despite being the cause of the Latinization of the island protect both monasteries and endows them with possessions that ensure survival. Both buildings are the subject of the restoration based on an anti-sismic intervention, the archimandriato in the first half of the seventeenth century, while Fragalà in the first half of the twentieth century, in both cases we see how the focus on the existing structures and the use of materials try to ensure the buildings "durability" to the earthquake.


Restoration; Byzantine; archimandriato; Normans; Sicily

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/RA-19515

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