San Benedetto Abate, Gonzaga, Mantua (Italy)

The parish church of San Benedetto Abate is located in Gonzaga in the Italian province of Mantua.
The church was damaged by an earthquake in 2012 and although there was no major collapse, building work had to be carried out to consolidate the structure and renew the floor.

According to some sources, the church of San Benedetto Abate was one of the first to be built by Matilde di Canossa, between about 1080 and 1090, on the foundations of an earlier chapel, and was later given to Benedictine monks. Whether its original plans included a monastery, however, is not documented.


The new flooring

In May 2012, an earthquake caused severe structural damage to the church. The opportunity was therefore taken to install an underfloor heating system, which could not be laid on top of the existing flooring as this would raise its level beyond acceptable limits. To overcome the problem, the old flooring was removed, and the builders dug out approximately 30 cm of soil beneath it.

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