GORIZIA AND ITS TOP SECRET TREASURES ALSO THE RELIGIOUS WORLD RESPONDS

18/12/2019

Our post on the Treasure of Aquileia kept in Gorizia begins to break through that wall of silence in which many institutions in Gorizia are wrapped to maintain a status quo made of variously assorted armchairs and small privileges rather than the development of the entire city. In the meantime we thank those who read us, to find news that only we can give. For the first time, we receive messages of sharing also from within the religious environment of Gorizia, which for discretion we do not publish, already gratified by the fact that some parish priest is aware of the "scandal" of a Treasury that belongs to the city and that, even if it already has a seat paid in the millions by the civil community (financing of the Jubilee of 2000) is not exposed for the sloth of the administrators and some political bellyache inside the Curia. So let's summarize this emblematic story of our poor city, remembering that it would be time for the institutions in Gorizia to work together and not against each other for the maintenance of a few armchairs. The five billion lire, equal to about 2,500,000 euros today, was used for the complete renovation of the precious building of Santa Chiara and for its transformation into a museum. The seventeenth-century building was in pieces, a sort of carious tooth in the centre of Gorizia, in front of the Post Office building. The works, with a lot of difficulties due to the usual history of the downward works, were however completed and today the building, splendid, is used for temporary exhibitions. But this is NOT its vocation, since it was built specifically to house the Treasure of the Cathedral, so much so that at the entrance the architect Lino Visintin, who had supervised the project, had reserved a special space for the large canvas by Guardi (one of the most precious paintings we have in Gorizia). Just to make us understand: for the setting up of the Museum the Carigo Foundation, then led by the lawyer Franco Obizzi, had allocated the equivalent of just under 600,000 euros for the fittings and display cases that were to contain the precious objects of the Treasury. The project had been dismissed by the Valenti junta. When Father Antonio Bommarco died in 2004, the next junta gave up the project while the Curia ignored the indications of the Archbishop of Cres and everything faded into nothingness. Obviously the possible financing of the Carigo also faded away. The reasons? Above all the political disagreements and the total lack of perspective of Gorizia's institutions. Now, hiding your head in the sand like ostriches doesn't help anyone: what we have highlighted is the absolute lack of perspective in a city, Gorizia, which for years has only been prey to other people's appetites.


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In the photo taken from Wikimedia Foundation: Father Antonio Bommarco, Archbishop of Gorizia.