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Amatrice medieval churches damaged

Civic Museum has collapsed

(ANSA) - Rome, August 24 - Parts of the Basilica of Saint Francis and the Saint Augustine church in Amatrice have collapsed after a devastating earthquake. The Italian culture ministry said that the 4th-century facade of the Basilica of Saint Francis in Amatrice, a town in Italy's central Lazio region that was hit hard by Wednesday's quake, had cracked and that its oculus had been destroyed. The single-aisled interior was filled with paintings and frescoes. The Church of Saint Augustine, built in 1428 next to the ancient walls of the town, had a gate from the Late Gothic era.
    The Civic Museum has also collapsed.


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