On October 14, 2019, the Cardinal Vicar of the Diocese of Rome, Mgr Angelo De Donatis, and Mayor Virginia Raggi presented a new lighting system of the Lateran Basilica, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Eternal city.
The completed work marks an important step in the redevelopment plan implemented by ACEA, the Italian public electricity production and distribution company. The goal is to showcase the historical, artistic, and religious heritage of Rome.
The financing of the new lighting system was paid for by the municipality and by the Department of Infrastructure and Government Services of Vatican City.
The intervention carried out on the cathedral of Rome, “head and mother of all the churches of the City and of the world,” according to its title, consisted in replacing the existing lighting system with 106 projectors arranged so as to magnify the architecture of the main facade. This one, surmounted by sixteen colossal statues, dates from the 18th century.
The works, made by ACEA in just ten days, also brought changes to the north facade of the basilica, the two medieval bell towers, the portico and the loggia, whose rich ornamentation seems refreshed.
“It is an honor for us to have successfully brought artistic lighting to one of the world’s most prestigious and ancient religious sites,” said ACEA President Michaela Castelli.