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FrAnciscan landscapes: the observance between iTaLy, portugAl and Spain

F-ATLAS aims to study the Italian-Spanish-Portuguese Franciscan Observance network, in order to define an “Atlas” of documentation and knowledge for conservation, protection and promotion of this scattered Cultural Heritage (CH). The remote location of these buildings and their connection with the surrounding landscape and territory instances the issue of peripheral and abandoned areas and contributes to defining a map of criticalities.

The proposal aims at combining traditional and innovative techniques in order to develop risk assessment methodologies, protocols, and tools and to create user-friendly interfaces for the management and the enhancement of Cultural Heritage.

#Cultural Heritage Routes        #Conservation, Protection and Reuse        #Digital Humanities

#Franciscan Observance Landscapes        #Mediterranean Religious Architecture

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CONCEPT

The spiritual legacy of St. Francis of Assisi (1181/82-1226) characterises European culture and survives through his rules, spiritual texts and mendicant orders; despite this, many architectural complexes have lost their original function and values. The importance of mendicant friars in the transformation of urban and rural landscapes has been recognized only recently. The project aims to study the Italian-Spanish-Portuguese Franciscan Observance network, in order to define documentation for conservation, protection and promotion of this scattered Cultural Heritage. The remote location of these buildings and their connection with the surrounding landscape and territory instances the issue of peripheral and abandoned areas and contributes to defining a map of criticalities.

STRATEGY

F-ATLAS proposes a methodology that combines traditional and innovative techniques to assess the present state of the Italian-Portuguese-Spanish Franciscan mendicant network and to define an “Atlas” of documentation and knowledge for conservation, protection and promotion of Cultural Heritage. The aim is to increase the quality of management and monitoring of architectural complexes, which have lost their original function and values. The focus is specifically on the Cultural Heritage that is located in peripheral and remote areas and needs particular attention to protect and conserve historical features and demo-ethno-anthropological testimony, which are an integral part of the European culture.

 

The development of a network of cultural and sustainable tourism, through the reuse, will connect the dispersed heritage, as per UNESCO CHR guidelines, can provide awareness and pass on traditions. The collaboration between researchers from different countries and fields of intervention contributes to the development of an interdisciplinary approach, a common language and methodology necessary to implement collaborative and replicable protocols.

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