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The recovery works of the church of Santa María surpass its equator with the incorporation of a structure of wooden trusses that will sustain its new roof (04/12/2017)

Fulgencio Gil, Mayor of Lorca: "We are transforming a resource of our historical heritage that was degraded, forgotten and transmitting neglect and sadness, in a real jewel for the use and enjoyment of all Lorca."

The Mayor of Lorca, Fulgencio Gil, together with the Councilman of Culture, Agustín Llamas, supervised this morning the rehabilitation and integral recovery works that are being developed in the church of Santa María, which have already passed their equator, foreseeing their definitive completion for before next summer, if unforeseen incidents of relevance arise.

The First Edil has indicated that the work in execution is focusing in these moments in attending the most technical actions required for the repair of elements that present greater complexity, being the most outstanding and notorious example the placement of a roof that protects the interior of the temple of the inclemencies meteorological, given that this property was subject to looting and fire during the civil war, as a result of which ended up losing its roof, altarpiece and numerous structural elements.

Fulgencio Gil has said that the dismantling of the bell tower has also been completed to date, proceeding to equip it with new elements that give it greater structural safety, implementing a battery of fasteners based on the incorporation of special tensioners to avoid the degradation that this tower was suffering and that, after the earthquakes of 2011, had worsened to the point of seriously compromising its stability.

Thanks to these works, now there is an assured element, going from a situation of almost ruin, to forming a cultural value that will contribute to the tourist and monumental impulse of our city.

In fact, the ongoing project foresees the installation of a new cornice and its corresponding balustrade.

We are transforming a resource of our historical heritage that was degraded, forgotten and that transmitted neglect and sadness, in a real jewel for the use and enjoyment of all Lorca.

It is an action that is part of the project of a new Lorca that we are moving forward among all Lorca.

The example of our high neighborhoods is a milestone in this respect in terms of the overall improvement of the municipality.

In this area we have been investing millions of euros in renovation, improvement and recovery of monuments, streets, squares, creation of new lookouts, which are added to the development of social and educational intervention plans to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the Lorca resident in the area.

The Mayor has indicated that the work that is carried out inside the temple contemplates the conservation of the existing flooring together with the installation of new pieces, a work to which we must add the addition of a battery of 6 large wooden trusses on which the roof of the temple will rest, which will be constituted by wooden panels and will be crowned with tiles in accordance with the environment in which the church is located, respecting the aesthetic line of this type of temple.

Fulgencio Gil has stressed that the recovery of Lorca monumental heritage forms a battery of rehabilitation and enhancement interventions that is unparalleled throughout the country.

The Lorca, with the support of public administrations and the patronage of different companies, we have achieved what seemed impossible just a few seconds after the earthquakes of 2011, given the huge damage that it caused.

Together we have made history in Lorca.

Today we have our assets recovered, and we are working so that investments continue to flow, because the project we have for our New Lorca does not stop.

The temple began to be built in the 15th century and was finished in the 18th century with the incorporation of the Rococo style portal.

With a Latin cross plan and endowed with pillars with Renaissance collars, it is linked to the Catalan Gothic style and it still conserves the pillars of the ribbed vault of the main altar and some pointed arches.

Once restored the church, desacralizada by its ruinous state will be reconverted in cultural space.

The works that were addressed in this action focused on the debris and consolidation of the ruins benefiting an area of ​​815 square meters including archaeological tastings.

The last intervention that was carried out in the church goes back to 2010, when 800,000 euros were invested.

This action allowed to consolidate the temple and managed not to fall by the earthquakes suffered by the municipality just a few months later.

The intervention in Santa María has included the realization of a series of important archaeological tasks, among which the dating of the elements present in its interior and the analysis of a crypt intended for burials, an activity very widespread in the Lorca churches of its time.

We must point out that numerous human bone remains have been found, dating from the fifteenth century.

The Ministry of Development, through the Directorate General of Architecture, Housing and Land, is responsible for executing these works, whose completion is scheduled, if no relevant contingencies arise, for the second quarter of next year.

We are talking about an action that includes an investment of 1.2 million euros financed entirely by the Ministry of Development within the Architectural Rehabilitation Program.

The temple, built between the 16th and 18th centuries, has a Latin cross plan and is equipped with pillars with Renaissance collars, this church is linked to the Catalan Gothic style and it still conserves the pillars of the ribbed vault of the main altar and some pointed arches.

Santa María is one of the three catholic temples - next to San Juan and San Pedro - in a dilapidated state located in the upper neighborhoods of the city, in the foothills of the sierra on which the castle rises.

The project contemplates the integral rehabilitation of the building to provide the city with a cultural facility acting in two spaces: the material and formal recovery of the church building and the rehabilitation of the surrounding public space through the creation of a public plaza of high material quality and urban. "

The recovery works of the Church of Santa María and the rehabilitation of the environment in Lorca are carried out within the framework of the Architectural Heritage Rehabilitation Program, which consists of financing relevant works for the rehabilitation of the Spanish architectural heritage with the Ministry's own budgets.

In these cases, Fomento finances the works and acts as the contracting body for them.

With the recovery of the church of Santa María, the Ministry of Development will have intervened in a total of five actions in Lorca, with a total contribution of around € 3.7 million: restoration of the Wall, consolidation of the Palacio de Guevara, restoration of the San Antonio Porch and emergency works in the church of San Mateo.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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