The reuse of old architectural fragments (spolia) to newer buildings is something common in history around the world. These parts are often fragments of olden architectural ensembles that for some reason were detached and reused at a different cultural context.
This research focuses on the value of those architectural fragments or parts (spolia) that take part on new religious ensembles. More precisely, the emphasis is on the evaluation of those distinct parts (spolia) that present a cohere and rich value in local traditions and emotions. All these “little fragments”, enriched with human emotion, are relocated and repositioned within new architectural ensembles bearing together traces of local history.
The reuse of historical building parts raises a significant interest as it reveals a side of local history of a given place. Every part carries a set of symbols and traces of its origin and in this sense is a witness of history. Despite this interesting aspects of history telling of history fragments of history, there is insufficient research concerning this subject. This research aims to highlight the architectural side of this intriguing aspect focussing on the reuse and relocation of such parts in newer religious architectural ensembles.