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Restoration and Restructuring of Covered Market


In every city there are places that embody the essence of an entire urban community, down the centuries distilling the very soul of the place.

For Reggio Emilia, a large town in central-northern Italy, that place is its covered market. A pivotal urban landmark since Roman times, it stands on the former Roman castrum at the crossroads of the two main thoroughfares, the cardum and the decumanum. 

In the early Middle Ages, it was the site of the church of Saint Thomas and subsequently a nearby Benedictine monastery. The area was later divided in two with the construction of the church of Corpus Domini. By 1700, the two churches had merged into a single religious system and once again formed a single urban plot. In later years before being finally demolished, the naves of the churches of Saint Thomas and Corpus Domini were used as a prison and then as a post office. In...

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