The old town of Bar (Stari Bar) in Montenegro is one of the most important fortified archaeological sites of the Adriatic coast. At the end of the 19th century, the abandonment of the city fostered a kind of crystallization of the urban fabric, today still readable in its general layout, while the edifices are prevalently in the state of ruin. During 2004-2013 years, the city has been investigated by a team of international researchers in order to develop guidelines and operational protocols aimed at guiding systematic safeguarding and enhancement activities. Although this, recently, the Montenegrin authorities have recently undertaken a new stylistic reconstruction of the remains of the Church of St. Catherine. This paper, through this case study, intends to develop a reflection on the future of the city and on the conservation approaches followed, probably based on a controversial idea of authenticity and integrity, mainly for tourism purposes.

The necessity for ruins: the reconstruction of the church of St. Catherine in Stari Bar, Montenegro

A. Versaci
2019

Abstract

The old town of Bar (Stari Bar) in Montenegro is one of the most important fortified archaeological sites of the Adriatic coast. At the end of the 19th century, the abandonment of the city fostered a kind of crystallization of the urban fabric, today still readable in its general layout, while the edifices are prevalently in the state of ruin. During 2004-2013 years, the city has been investigated by a team of international researchers in order to develop guidelines and operational protocols aimed at guiding systematic safeguarding and enhancement activities. Although this, recently, the Montenegrin authorities have recently undertaken a new stylistic reconstruction of the remains of the Church of St. Catherine. This paper, through this case study, intends to develop a reflection on the future of the city and on the conservation approaches followed, probably based on a controversial idea of authenticity and integrity, mainly for tourism purposes.
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