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Laboratorio Di Biase, the workshop of stonecarver Claudio Di Biase (above right), located beside the road above the cemetery in Lettomanoppello. Below left is the saw used to cut the stone. Below right is the base of a fountain, carved with flowers. Interestingly, Claudio told us that since the creation of the Maiella National Park a few years back, stone can no longer be quarried in Lettomanoppello - the town is within the park boundaries, and there is a law which prohibits disturbing the park environment.  Therefore the stone being worked nowadays by Claudio and the other stonecarvers is imported from Portugal, or brought from the nearby town of Rapino which, although it too is within the park, managed somhow to create a provision in the law that allowed continued quarrying there.  The imported stone is identical to that quarried in Lu Lette, but it is nevertheless sad that the 'little Carrara of Abruzzo' -  where stone-carving has played such a big role in the town's history and where only last year a stone-sculpting school was established to carry on the tradition - can no longer quarry its own stone.
War Memorial to those who fell in all the wars, located on Corso Vittorio Emanuele on the left, just as one enters the center of the town.  Created in 1970, it is oubtless the work of local carvers, although we don't know who.
Above: The Church of San Nicola, with details of its tower,  the wrought iron piece that tops the tower, and one of its bells.  The church dates from the early 1600s but was largely rebuilt in the early 1700s, in the Baroque style. It was closed because of earthquake damage from 1984 until June 2005, when restoration was completed. This photo is from 1999. 

Below: Door of the San Nicola church, done by Lettesi sculptors, featuring baroque carvings, the centerpiece of which is an angel.
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