In October 2014 were closed the first works of restoration and making safe of the Roman Theatre. We desire to offer you a short guide to discover that awesome place, its history and the technical choices used to make it gain usable by the public. Welcome to the Roman Brixia!
2,000 years of history
The Roman Theatre of Brescia has been a silent, but stable, witness of the last 2,000 years of the history of Brescia: we talk about 2,000 years because it was built during Augustan age (end of I century BD – beginning of I century AD), it underwent a significant renovation in Flavian age, at the time of building of the Temple Capitolium of Brescia, during Severian age (II-III century AD) it was totally restored. It is supposed that the theatre could host until 15,000 spectators: a very significant number for that time.
The building was used till IV-V century, the stage collapsed between XI and XII century, maybe as a consequence of an earthquake. Later the place was used as quarry, until the construction of Palazzo Maggi (XIV century), for this palace were abundantly used pre-existing roman materials.
After the first restorations during the 30s and 70s of the XX century, the Roman Theatre of Brescia lived a time of abandon and neglect, in these last years many voices has been asking the restoration of the site.
Nord Zinc always dedicated to the cultural side an important part of its business mission and undertook with the City Administration of Brescia to give the treatments for the new railing of the Roman Theatre, first significant step to regenerate that ancient part of the historical centre of Brescia.
The railing was treated with SISTEMA TRIPLEX®, an innovative method of galvanization created by Nord Zinc: thanks to this treatment the usable is guaranteed for decades respecting the environment and without further interventions of maintenance.
Durability & Environmental Sustainability
Corrosion is the worst enemy of steel, every year it is estimated that almost 100,000 tons of steel are lost because this problem: a squandering that the environment cannot sustain anymore. How to preserve steel? The classical methods are painting and hot-dip galvanizing: Nord Zinc, constantly looking for innovation and respect of the environment, created SISTEMA TRIPLEX®, an innovative method that puts the final touch on the union between the two methods enhancing the synergy. The greatest innovation is in the durability of this treatment, it is guaranteed for a very long time and it needs no further periodical maintenance: a great benefit for environment and for the city funds.
The treatments are controlled with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and have the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), these certifications guarantee environmental sustainability and prove the ethical and social sense of Nord Zinc’s business mission, essential parts of the philosophy of the work that the city administration wanted.