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Museoteatro della Commenda di S. Giovanni di Pre'

Where Piazza della Commenda, Genova

The Hospital of the Commandery of Saint John of Pre' is a very ancient structure: dates from 1180 and built to serve as a support and assistance to the pilgrims and crusaders who were going or returning from the Holy Land. From May 2009, after years of restoration and archaeological research, the Commendation presents an exhibition in the form of "museum-theater", where documents of history becomes an image and show thanks to the collaboration between MU. MA. and Theater of Sound. Sophisticated technologies allow to animate the ancient walls bringing back to life the characters of the time: by Brother William, the manufacturer of the building to the protagonists of the Crusades, who fought the Genoese or collaborated with them in Syria and Palestine, as Balian of Ibelin or Saladin, the sultan of Kurdish origin, who recaptured Jerusalem in 1187. the strong message conveyed by the new arrangement is that no one should feel foreign in Genoa. The concept of interculturalism is at the center of the events of the Museum-Theater, because the Commendation was created to provide hospitality to pilgrims and travelers connecting people and cultures. Meanwhile it has also become a point of reference for interfaith events with foreign local communities and an attractive location for receptions.

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