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Naples 'City of Science' partly reopens after blaze

Facility to be rebuilt in under two years

Naples 'City of Science' partly reopens after blaze

Naples, April 11 - Naples' Citta' della Scienza (City of Science) complex partly reopened to the public on Thursday, five weeks after being almost totally destroyed by fire. Children now have access to a 2,000 square meter area at the interactive science museum that attracted 350,000 visitors annually and was considered one of the city's cultural gems. Education Minister Francesco Profumo told local school children at the inauguration that the facility would be totally rebuilt in less than two years. "It will be more beautiful than before and naturally it will be rebuilt here and in less than two years because the time-frame is all important," said the minister. "Today is an important day because it is a sign that the Citta' della Scienza is back," concluded Profumo. The City of Science burned down during the night of March 4-5 in what Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris has openly suspected to be mafia foul play. Traces of gasoline were found in several parts of the complex a week after the blaze.

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