The role of confraternities in institutional, urban and architecture planning (1400-1700).

Heritage-led innovation for the cultural, economic and social advancement of communities: Naples, Palermo and Cagliari

PNRR M4C2: PRIN 2022

Acronym: CNPCH | Confraternite Napoli, Palermo e Cagliari


The project aims at recovering the historical memory of archconfraternities in order to identify innovative and sustainable strategies for enhancing cultural heritage and initiating processes of local development. Central issues to be addressed in the project include: the presence and control of urban space, the patronage and production of architecture and the welfare and economic activities of confraternities in the three capital cities of Naples, Cagliari and Palermo (1400-1700). Starting from the archives produced by these institutions the project will focus on the dynamism of some confraternities and, at the same time, on the strategies of property acquisition and architectural patronage over the centuries.

Project information

  • Funded by: European Union NextGenerationEU and Italian Ministry of University and Research
  • Call: PNRR: Missione 4 – Componente 2 “Dalla ricerca all’impresa” – Investimento 1.1 – Progetti di Ricerca di Rilevante Interesse Nazionale (PRIN)
  • Start date: 30 November 2023
  • End date: 30 November 2025
  • ISPC Scientific coordinator: Gemma T. Colesanti
  • Working group: Giuseppe Cacciaguerra, Licia Cutroni, Danilo Pavone, Vera Schwarz, CNR ISPC
  • Project Leader: CNR ISPC
  • Partners: Università di Cagliari e Università di Palermo
  • Funding: € 228.683

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