This Week: A Stunning Architectural Collapse

Wow! On Thursday, visitors to the Roman Forum got more than they bargained for: with an abrupt rumble and crash, the roof of the nearby church of San Giuseppe dei S Giuseppe FalegnamiFalegnami (St. Joseph of the Carpenters) caved in completely. Thankfully, the church was empty at the time.

As one of many stunned locals said, “There was a wedding there just this past Saturday…”

It’s all the more surprising, because as Roman churches go, San Giuseppe isn’t particularly old. That roof couldn’t have been more than 400-500 years old, which in Rome… is practically yesterday.

You can see more photos, and a couple of videos of the scene here.