permanent exhibition

palazzo Orgnani Martina - via Mistruzzi n. 4/9
33010 Venzone (UD)


friday : 15 - 19

saturday and sunday : 9 - 13 / 15 - 19


full : 5 euro / cut price : 4 euro / school children : 3 euro

The “machine” is in motion

The reconstruction was carried out in a climate of general responsibility.

Above all, there was a shift in consciousness, which had been deeply touched by what was being experienced. Every member of society and of the institutions felt the obligation to do his or her part.

The work was overwhelming. Only a very well coordinated organizational mechanism could face the laborious task of putting Friuli back on its feet. The principle of this “machine” was downward delegation: from the State to the Region, the Region to the Municipal Authorities. These latter bodies carried out a fundamental role. They were equipped with the managerial, urban planning and technical instruments. They prepared the plans, they contracted the work and they checked the quality of the outcome. In order to accelerate the payment method, the mayors were nominated Delegated Functionaries of the Region. They had the personal responsibility of evaluating the contribution requests, verifying the plans of the works to be funded and emitting the payment orders. The “institutions” were no longer an abstract entity; they had a name and a face.

Giunta, Comelli, ChiavolaTo be organized was not enough; people who were able to make things work at all levels were needed. Some of them became symbols of the reconstruction. With the Regional Law 6th September 1976 n° 53, the Extraordinary General Secretariat was instituted, which assumed the characteristics of “Authority” with strong, fast decisional, technical and financial capabilities. It answered directly to the President of the Regional Committee, Antonio Comelli, and was energetically directed by Emanuele Chiavola.

Gabinetto Fotografico Nazionale, ICCD Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Roma

Also the Friulan Church played its part. It took its place along side the people and was a protagonist in the emergency and the following period. It organized help through Caritas, Catholic associations, the scout movement and twin-town projects between the earthquake-hit parishes and other Italian diocese. It was spiritually and materially close to the victims and survivors, it helped to keep the communities together and instilled confidence in the rebuilding of the destroyed towns and of Friuli itself. It courageously adopted the principle of “first houses, then churches” proposed by the ecclesiastical group “Glesie Furlane”. The religious functions continued to give a rhythm to people’s lives, often in makeshift conditions.

The seism had struck the towns that had conserved intact the most ancient and precious historical testimonies of Friulan history. Besides the monuments, the earthquake also destroyed a great amount of historical-artistic assets. Frescoes, stone and wooden statues, canvases, altars, organs, goldware and furniture were buried under the ruins. To recovery these works of art, hundred of volunteers came forward to unearth and transport them to the collection places where enthusiasts and expert restorers recomposed the fragments recovered. The Cataloguing and Restoration Centre of Villa Manin di Passariano trained new restorers. The majority of the works have been returned to their origin communities.

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Associazione Comuni Terremotati e Sindaci della Ricostruzione del Friuli