A Journey of Valorisation from the Sacred to the Secular. The Oratory of Sant’Antonio Abate in the Village of Mele (Genoa-Italy)

  • R. VecchiattiniEmail author
  • C. Battini
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 919)


The Oratory was the expression of a community that, even with its strong sense of identity and wealth (deriving from the profitable local paper mills and ironworks), felt the need for a symbol, which could represent them; a morally enlightening space, spiritually transcendent, and socially prestigious. The development and the creation of the project allowed professionals in the fields of Restoration, Drawing, and Informatics to work together but mainly it created the opportunity to become acquainted with an ancient collective devotional culture, which has an undeniably fundamental value from an historical and anthropological point of view. The goal was to develop a mobile application which does not incorporate the use of 3D models, but was easily accessible by the visitor. Inside the app, information sheets and images of detail offer a more thorough understanding of Oratory, also thanks to using special sensors (Beacon) and graphic symbols (QRcode).


Confraternity Immaterial artefacts Beacon Application QRcode JSON 



The authors would like to thank the Compagnia di San Paolo (the main supporter of the project), the Confraternity di Sant’Antonio Abate, the City Council of Mele, The Mele Paper Museum and the Association Le Muse, the restoration company CoArt, the Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape in Liguria and everyone that enthusiastically collaborated to help realise the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Architecture and Design Department (dAD)University of GenoaGenoaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental Engineering (DICCA)University of GenoaGenoaItaly

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