Ray of Brescia


As time passes, there are many events that can transcend and become part of history, an example of this is an event that occurred in the city of Brescia in Italy, on August 18, 1769, where around 3000 people died thanks to a lightning strike on the Torre de San Nazario, where there was a large deposit of more than 100 tons of gunpowder, which generated a large explosion almost instantly destroying the towers and buildings that were located in the immediate vicinity, resulting in a large part of the city being seriously affected.

At that time, storing gunpowder in churches was considered something quite normal, since there was the mistaken belief that the bells located in these places had the ability to avoid lightning, which was totally denied after the accident, which it would eventually lead to the creation of the lightning rod, since then lightning rods have been implemented in the vast majority of countries, especially in high-rise buildings.

As is well known, Italy is considered the cradle of Catholicism for this reason the implementation of new technologies was viewed with doubts and disbelief, since according to the Christian faith nature is something that can only be controlled by Almighty God and for this reason would be Impossible for an invention made by man like the lightning rod, therefore it was branded as something that would have no use.

It should be noted that in many cultures lightning is considered to be an element of great importance, especially in the religious sphere, since it was considered as something divine, therefore the idea that they were originated by a set of natural reactions was not contemplated . In Norse mythology lightning has special importance and the god Thor is considered the God of lightning, for his part in Greek mythology the god of lightning is Zeus. Although these beliefs dissipated over time, it was very common in Europe that they were believed to be a sign of punishment from God.