Thursday, May 6, 2010

Santi Pietro e Paolo

Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, LivornoThe “Città Leopolda” (Leopoldine City) was the new city quarter devised outside the former “Porta del Casone”, between the future “Piazza Cavour” and the sea. The process of division into lots was assigned to Luigi de Cambray Digny, a Florentine architect who became director of the Grand Duchy public works.Old postcard, Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, LivornoIn the heart of the “Città Leopolda” Luigi de Cambray Digny built “Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo” (St. Peter and St. Paul's Church), in the square with the same name, at the eastern end of what is now “Via dell'Indipendenza”. The works started in 1829 and the building was surely completed before 1835, when it was used as a shelter during the cholera epidemic of the same year.

See also: Palazzo Rosso - Palazzo Santoponte - Piazza Cavour - Via Maggi - Palazzo Uzielli

15 comments:

Per Stromsjo said...

A successful architect can have a profound and lasting influence on a city.

Cezar and Léia said...

I like so much when you put these two pictures and we can compare it!The angle is perfect!
I imagine so hard and difficult was situation in that time with cholera epidemic.So sad...
Beautiful architecture!
Léia

Kcalpesh said...

It was so uncluttered and spacefull then compared to now :-)

Pixellicious Photos

cieldequimper said...

Take away the cars and add the windows, no change. Extraordinary. I wonder how many people died in there during the epidemic. Any chance of going inside?

Eleonora said...

I second cieldequimper's comment!

Ciao
Eleonora xx

Kaori said...

I love how you take us back in history! The buildings are still magnificent but the transportation has changed quite a bit!

Andreea said...

Again, I'm amazed how little has changed.

joo said...

I'm with Leia - the possibility to compare old and new is great. It's amazing that this place's reminded almost unchanged.

Small City Scenes said...

How interesting that the cars make the difference---and a few windows. I like it when you show the comparisons. I like the color of the building too. MB

Lois said...

I always enjoy seeing old pictures and comparing them with the new ones. There is remarkably little change in these two!

Halcyon said...

The place really has not changed, except for getting some color. ;)

Nice comparison. And I like the simplicity of the church (at least from the outside).

Jacob said...

It's just unbelievable how little has changed of 175 years!

So you're chasing around looking for Roman bakeries. What are you going to do if you find one? Get pastryized? :-)

Lost the Internet yesterday due to a big storm rolling through so I'm a little behind! Hope you are having a great time. Wait, that's a stupid comment! Of course you're having a great time!

VP said...

@ Jacob - We have found many and we like to try some of their goods, which are quite different (but not too much) from our Tuscan fare.

Dina said...

The contrast in the two pictures makes you realize how much room cars take up.

It is so awful to try to imagine those epidemics.

JM said...

You are so good at getting the same angles! :-)