Restoration of a portion of the monumental complex of Santa Croce in Bosco Marengo (Alessandria) for
the establishment of the international centre for the Safety of the Mobile Cultural Heritage
The monumental complex of Santa Croce in Bosco Marengo is a wonderful example of monastic
architecture whose construction began in the sixteenth century thanks to the Pope Pius V Ghisilieri.
building consists of a large structure organized on two floors where a new International Centre for the
Safety of Mobile Cultural Heritage will be established.
The northwest area - the subject of this intervention - was used in the past as a Reformatory for Minors
and it appeared in poor condition due to heavy alterations. Restoration work was carried out in accordance
with the guiding principles of conservative restoration: minimum intervention, reversibility, physical-chemical compatibility and authenticity of the materials, durability.
The main interventions executed were: structural reinforcement of masonry, addition of iron chains,
removal of inappropriate material, new finishing elements with traditional materials, new mechanical and
electrical installations with the addition of a new lift.