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Monaco’s musicians were welcomed in Monaco City Hall to celebrate the Feast of Saint Cecilia, which is celebrated in the Principality on the Sunday following National Day, November 19. A mass in the Cathedral preceded a procession through Monaco Ville of the Principality’s musicians.
It was during the fifth century that the popularity of Saint Cecilia began to develop in Rome, when her name appears in the prayers of the Mass. According to Don Lanciarez, a parish priest of Monaco in the eighteenth century, the Saint was the “patroness of musicians” in Monaco, but there is no documented evidence of a particular cult around the Saint.
A certain solemnity to the Feast was given in Monaco when the priest-composer Louis-Lazare Perruchot created the Choir of the Cathedral in 1930, and Sainte Cecilia remains the Patron Saint for the Principality’s musicians and musicians.
A statuette commemorating the Saint by the artist Zagone sits at the corner of rue Emile de Loth and the Church.
The Museum of Stamps and Coins of Monaco will be hosting an exhibition of rare and beautiful old coins from the Levant, replete with archival documents and works from the period.
A new exhibit by French photographer Charles Fréger features the people of Monaco going about their everyday lives in the age of social distancing.
The Red and Whites played a tough match at home against Montpellier Hérault Sport Club which ended in a 1-1 draw and saw Montpellier playing much of the match one man down.
The reopening of Villa E-1027, designed by modernist Irish artist Eileen Gray, has been delayed as fundraising operations are launched to cover a blow-out in restoration costs.
As the death toll continues to rise in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated a swathe of central Italy early on Wednesday, Matteo Renzi, the Italian Prime Minister, thanked rescue workers for their efforts in recovering dozens of people from the rubble.
“At moments of trouble, Italy knows how to cope. No family, no city, no hamlet will be left alone,” he said. By Wednesday evening the death toll had risen to at almost 250 people. The 6.2 magnitude quake sent residents fleeing their homes and running into the streets. A family of four were also trapped under the rubble and showing no signs of life.
The Wednesday morning earthquake is the latest in a string of deadly seismic events to strike Italy in the past four decades. The Mediterranean nation is particularly prone to earthquakes for a mix of geographical reasons, Jennifer Weston, a seismologist with the International Seismological Centre in England, told Mashable.
Italy and its neighbouring countries sit at the spot where the Eurasia and Africa (or Nubia) tectonic plates collide. “They’re just pushing up against each other all the time,” Weston said in a phone interview.
The boot-shaped nation also sits west of the Tyrrhenian basin, a sedimentary basin in the Mediterranean Sea that is an opening. To Italy’s east, the Adria microplate is slipping beneath Eurasia and the Apennines Mountains. “All this movement leads to energy being stored up in the crust, and eventually that’s going to be released,” Weston said. “Earthquakes are just this releasing of energy that’s been built up.”
Italy’s earthquakes are particularly devastating for another reason: topography. In mountainous areas like Norcia – the epicentre of Wednesday’s earthquake – communities are built along steep slopes. Shaking from earthquakes can cause landslides, sending homes and construction tumbling into valleys, resulting in higher damages and death tolls compared with flatter parts of the world, Weston said.
In April 2009, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake near the town of L’Aquila, about 30 miles south of Wednesday’s event, killed nearly 300 people, injured more than 1,000 others and left at least 55,000 people homeless. The region’s largest earthquake recorded by scientific instruments – and its deadliest – was a 6.7-magnitude earthquake in 1915. The event killed around 32,000 people in and around the city of Avezzano.
This time, one of the villages with a few hundred residents, Pescara del Tronto, appears to have been wiped from the map, according to early images.
To learn about Monaco's earthquake risks, see Public Services.