Sunday, December 30, 2012

San Giuseppe

Saint Joseph church, chiesa di San Giuseppe, piazza 2 giugno, Livorno
The construction of the church of San Giuseppe (Saint Joseph) began in 1839, on a project by the Florentine architect Giuseppe Puini, on what was before a restricted military area.
Vintage postcard, Saint Joseph church, chiesa di San Giuseppe, piazza 2 giugno, Livorno
The church was consecrated in 1842, but it was soon damaged during the Austrian invasion of 1849. A few years later, in 1952, the church became a hospital duiring a virulent cholera epidemic.
Saint Joseph church, chiesa di San Giuseppe, piazza 2 giugno, Livorno
In the early 1900s, at the time of these old postcards, the parish of San Giuseppe was, with almost 9000 inhabitants, the most populated parish of Livorno.
Vintage postcard, Saint Joseph church, chiesa di San Giuseppe, piazza 2 giugno, Livorno
The church was used as a warehouse during World War I, it was restored in the 1920s, but the building was heavily damaged again during World War II.
(Postcards digitized from the collection of Antonio Cantelli)
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7 comments:

Nori said...

Amazing! Only the clock I can find the difference!!

Randy said...

It still as beautiful and it was then.

Lois Evensen said...

What a history. I so enjoy your old post card and current image comparisons.

Dina said...

An interesting entrance it has, not to mention the interesting history.

Luis Gomez said...

Really nice VP. Thank you.

notchke said...

I too enjoy the old postcards and current pictures. Thank you.

JM said...

Great post! Love both the cards and your shots.