Uffizi Gallery Renovation Halted

The planned $91 million renovation of Florence’s famed Uffizi Gallery has been suspended after ruins discovered at the site of a new entrance to the gallery. The ruins date from the medieval period of the city, and were leveled in the 1500’s during construction of the gallery. Medieval ruins are not very well studied in Renaissance cities like Florence and archaeologists will thoroughly excavate the site before any future decision on renewing the renovation.

It is worth noting that the renovation drew numerous attacks because of the striking design created by Japanese architect Isozaki. I doubt there will be very much pressure to reinstate the renovation now that these ruins are uncovered.