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Proceeds From Museum Visits for Italy's Quake Damage Repair

Proceeds From Museum Visits for Italy's Quake Damage RepairProceeds From Museum Visits for Italy's Quake Damage Repair

Italy’s culture ministry has declared that proceeds from visits to public museums across Italy on Sunday (August 28) will be given to the restoration of damaged buildings in the quake zone.

The deadly magnitude-6.2 earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday devastated the medieval towns of Amatrice and Accumoli, the village of Pescara del Tronto and the surrounding region.

Culture Minister Dario Franceschini added in a statement that visiting Italy's museums and archaeological sites on Sunday would show “a concrete sign of solidarity” with the quake victims, reports the Associated Press.

By Friday, the death toll in the quake rose to 267 with victims still being pulled from the rubble. Images of the aftermath showed several historic churches and many buildings in ruins.

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said this was a chance to rebuild "and guarantee a reconstruction that will allow residents to live in these communities, to relaunch these beautiful towns that have a wonderful past that will never end.”

An initial estimate of damage is around $11 billion, according to Italy's civil protection agency. The picturesque towns in this mountainous region rely on summer tourism.