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Barely escaped US bombing

According to a study, carried out in 1992, these frescoes, which cover the entire church, were made with extracts of plants, metals, gold and lapis lazuli mixed with eggs and glue. During the First World War, the building suffered only from humidity. All the copper gutters were removed by the Germans to make shell casings. The second conflict will be more disastrous: a bomb falls on the bell tower while the Germans install the Kommandantur in the house of the nuns. In 1944, to drive out the occupier, the Americans shelled the village, which was 95% destroyed. The church narrowly escaped the bombardments. Apart from the presbytery and a few houses, everything was practically razed to be rebuilt only in the 1950s. A new restoration, carried out from January 2002 to December 2004, made it possible to restore all their splendor to these paintings which were completely cleaned. .

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