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The small town of Bussana Vecchia, near San Remo, was hit by an earthquake on ash wednesday in 1887. Soon after, it was left behind by the surviving citizens. From then on, the village was a ghost town for more than half a century. In the late 1940's, a few southern Italian immigrants moved into the deserted town. In the 1960's, a few dozens of artists followed and created their own creative community there. They are still fighting with the local government to be allowed to stay there, living between the ruins.

The steeple and the outside wall of the Chiesa di S. Egidio are still standing; the roof is gone. One story goes that so many citizens survived because everyone was in church when the earthquake struck. Another story goes that so many died because everyone was in church when it happened...

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