Maison de la Paix || Casa Universale delle Culture (EN)



The Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture is a place strongly representative, in which will convey the knowledge of the different identities and cultures, structuring permanently initiatives aimed at the spreading of peace, necessary for the shared development.

The Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture (MdP) is a project conceived by Michele Capasso, approved by many Countries and international organizations. It is an architecture that keeps the memory of many Peace activities which created history, often more than the wars, but it is – above all – a space "to build” Peace.

The architectonical complex has an important symbolic worth: it represents the Countries of the World engaged in the Peace process and the Countries victim of the conflicts.

Proposed by the Fondazione Mediterraneo with the Maison des Alliances – together with the main adherent organizations, such as the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, the League of Arab States, the "Anna Lindh" Euro-Mediterranean Foundation and others, the MdP represents a referent point for all the ones who dedicate their lives to peace.

The symbol of the MdP is the "Totem for Peace", an artwork by the Italian sculptor Mario Molinari which the Fondazione Mediterraneo is promoting all around the world, creating the network of the "Cities for Peace".

The first seat of the MdP was inaugurated on the 14th of June 2010 (Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture) in the historical building of the Grand Hotel de Londres in Naples.

The action of the Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture aims at improving the main activities of the "Universal Forum of Cultures" in: Barcelona (2004), Monterrey (2007), Valparaiso (2010) and Naples (2013).

The Maison de la Paix performs most of the initiatives jointly with the Maison de la Méditerranée.


The Director of RAI 3’s Campania News, Massimo Milone, visited the site of the Maison de la Paix expressing a lively appreciation of the activities carried out and, in particular, for the Totem for Peace.

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The presentation of Michele Capasso’s book "Nostro Mare Nostro" took place in the main hall of the Da Procida Scientific High School. In attendance there were the Governor of Rotary, teachers and students who showed unanimous appreciation of Michele Capasso’s commitment to the cause of peace. In particular, the students declared that “they had had an emotional experience, that had made a positive mark on their learning pathway”.

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The first of the four gates of the city of Naples has been opened. Porta San Gennaro, the oldest gate according to tradition, reopened, restored, on the day dedicated to the Jubilee for Naples, following an initiative of Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, for the renaissance of the city. “It is the gate of sharing, of solidarity - said Pepe - we are opening the gate to let in justice, to reconsign Naples to its inhabitants in the vestages of civil cohabitation”.

After the opening of Porta San Gennaro, the simulacrum of which was made in papier-maché by children from Procida, a long torchlight parade followed the city streets, finishing at the Cathedral.

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The initiative, now having reached a second edition, started with the purpose of keeping alive the memory of the Shoah  - especially for the new generations - and, through it, also “memories” which, more than others, have marked humanity’s recent past.

Three sections, one connected to the memory of the Shoah, one to Postmemory and one to other memoirs, were the themes of the event which was held in Naples on the 7th February 2011, at the Filangeri Hall of the TAR of Campania.

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