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Old Poggioreale

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There are currently two cities of Poggioreale in Italy: one a functioning community, and another, a rotting ghost town left over from an earthquake that forced everybody out.

A series of massive earthquakes rocked the island of Sicily in 1968, resulting in the deaths of over 200 people, injuring hundreds more, and leaving thousands without a home. One of the areas hardest hit was the small town of Poggioreale. A number of towns were devastated, and evacuated, but Poggioreale was one of the ones that was completely abandoned. However, neither the community nor the village itself disappeared. What remained of the original Poggioreale was simply left in place, as most of the buildings were now unstable and crumbling, and the entire vilage restarted itself at a safe distance a few kilometers away.

Even today, the remains of old Poggioreale are still standing, such as they ever have since being destabilized by the earthquake. The haunting streets are filled with rubble and the remaining windows are empty and dead. The remains of the village look like they were the victims of a war or a zombie apocalypse more than of an earthquake.

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Pierre Martin11-Jun-2019 19:53
beautiful shot and compo with that road leading to the far mountains!
Ellen Michaels04-Oct-2018 16:00
Excellent capture. V
Jaap Vink30-Jul-2018 08:53
De trieste verlatenheid mooi vastgelegd Pieter! V
John Reynolds LRPS22-Jul-2018 09:04
Encapsulates the situation very nicely.
Dan Greenberg15-Jul-2018 20:58
I love how this view takes us down the deserted street to the landscape beyond. ~BV~
laine24-Jun-2018 18:43
Like sentinels guarding the silent very sad. Beautiful photos, Pieter. V
Tom LeRoy24-Jun-2018 14:04
Excellent documentary and superb detailed shot, Pieter! V
Hennie & Lies Lammers23-Jun-2018 11:03
Prachtige foto met een droevig verhaal. V
Buz Kiefer21-Jun-2018 20:17
Excellent perspective and beautiful detail along the street and houses. BV
Hank Vander Velde21-Jun-2018 00:24
Excellent well composed image Pieter.
joseantonio20-Jun-2018 19:34
sad scene nicely captured.V.
Nirvan Hope20-Jun-2018 17:43
Good to see plants struggling to retake the crumbling buildings.
Chris Morton20-Jun-2018 16:23
very sad
Helen Betts20-Jun-2018 15:37
Sad reminder of the devastation, but well captured. V.
Ton T.20-Jun-2018 15:19
Great find, wonderful shot! V
Kuriacose Joseph20-Jun-2018 15:02
Remarkable and sad!
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