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Rare Snow Closes Colosseum, Damages Historic Italian Churches

Over the past few weeks, powerful winter storms have wreaked havoc across areas in Europe not used to such inclement weather.

 

In Rome, rare snowfall and freezing temperatures forced the closure of the Colosseum over fears of possible collapse.

 

Elsewhere in Italy, medieval churches were assessing damage Wednesday caused by sleet, snow, and freezing rain. According to a report from CNN, important historical and religious sites in Urbino suffered heavy damage.

 

Partial collapses were reported at the  convents of San Francesco and San Bernardino, while the roof at the Church of the Capuchins is said to have caved in.

 

The closure of the Colosseum upset many tourists but officials stressed that it was in the best interest of all. The 2,000-year-old structure could re-open on Thursday. Later this year, the ancient stadium is due to enter a heavy restoration process.

 

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