Restorations to the Oratorio of Santa Maria delle Grazie, situated in Località “Seggiane”, begun earlier this year and carried out through the auspices of the Misericordia di Tiglio, [article here] are almost finished.
This small church which represents one of the enchanted places found following the secondary roads of the comune, was in serious disrepair and merited the attention.
For the occasion of the three hundredth anniversary of the construction of the building, the Misericordia of Tiglio took responsibility for the work to restore this precious asset to the population of Tiglio and the comune.
The restoration was based on consolidating the structure as well as saving numerous historical aspects.
It was an ambitious initiative for the small association which was estimated at an approximate cost of 20,000 euros.
The project was financed through numerous donations contributed by individuals in Italy and elsewhere, and through proceeds from gastronomic events organized by the Confraternity of the Misericordia.
In addition to the restoration, the Unione dei Comuni, aided by European financing, reinforced the retaining walls to ensure the stability of the road between Tiglio and Filecchio, where the oratorio is situated.
The celebrations at the conclusion of the work will begin in July with the presentation of the book, written by Dr. Sara Moscardini, which describes the history of the structure.
The celebration continues on August 11, at 17:30 with a procession and Mass presided by the Archbishop of Pisa S. E. Monsignor Giovanni Paolo Benotto.
The Misericordia of Tiglio wishes to express deep thanks to all of those, in Italy and elsewhere, who have contributed to the realization of the project and in particular Sara Moscardini for the historical research and careful editing of the book.
Gratitude is especially due to the devoted community of Tiglio which, thanks to their great initiative, have restored this historic structure to be appreciated and used for generations to come.
Article by Raffaele Dinelli – Translated by Kerry Bell