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Agreement reached to re-build Città della Scienza in Naples

Scientific museum destroyed in a fire last year

07 March, 17:41
Agreement reached to re-build Città della Scienza in Naples (ANSA) - Rome, March 7 - An agreement was reached in Rome on Friday to re-build the Citta' della Scienza, a scientific museum complex on the outskirts of Naples destroyed a year ago.

Representatives of the central and local governments gave a first green light to the re-construction plan that now needs the approval of the regional government of Campania and city and province of Naples.

Authorities have reportedly pledged 56 million euros to re-build it.

Prosecutors investigating the accident are treating it as an arson case.

There were no fatalities in the blaze that consumed the science complex on the night between March 4 and 5. Built on a converted former steel plant, Citta' della Scienza included a planetarium, an interactive museum, an exhibition hall, a conference center and offices. It was considered among the best scientific museums in Europe, and had 350,000 visitors a year.