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Lorca and tourists will visit on Monday the Church of Santa Maria after the first phase of its restoration (15/04/2011)

"Lorca Taller del Tiempo" a conference organized open free to visit this temple on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

From that day, guided tours will be organized into groups.

The Councillor of Tourism of the Municipality of Lorca, Francisco Montiel, has reported that "after an initial phase of consolidation of the ruins, the Church of Santa Maria and is visited by Lorca and tourists."

Therefore, from "Lorca Taller del Tiempo" has been held three Open Days to admire the monument after the work done.

These free tours will be held on Monday 18, Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 April, 14.00 and 11.30 hours from 16.30 to 20.30.

The Church of Santa Maria is part of the village of the town of Lorca, declared historical artistic in 1964 and is an important visual focus within the network profile and monumental city.

For this reason it was considered necessary to intervene in the monument with the aim of preserving, promoting cultural and tourist use to know and understand the history of this landmark church.

The consolidation work and value have made it possible to adapt the church to the tour.

These works have been carried out with funding from the Plan to Promote Tourism Product of Lorca with a total investment of € 834,788.38, involving the city of Lorca, the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism .

Part of the economic contribution Feder Funds proceeds.

After the open house, "Lorca Taller del Tiempo" incorporates the Church of Santa Maria to its exhibition space, in which guided tours from the Visitors Center, located in the Convent of La Merced.

Montiel has stated that "with this investment has been realized the first phase of revaluation of existing assets, but the Council is already working on the comprehensive rehabilitation project with a proposed 1,741,000 million co-financed with municipal funds and Feder" .

Conceived as a three-nave church with as many sections in the longitudinal, rectangular chancel and chapels in the same way on the side of the Epistle., And continued in the sacristy, on which stands the tower.

There is little difference in height in the three naves and the transept, just accused.

On the rectangular header opened, and in the eighteenth century, a polygonal-shaped dressing room decorated with stucco angels and murals with feigned perspective.

The central dome-key star central, elegant boots pointed arches, which are supported by interior columns on high bases supported cylindrical section of the slenderness of the pillars and the sharp absence of decoration, except the presence of finely bracelets decorated with plants next to a watermark in the lesion of the lateral arches, and the corresponding transverse and nerves that form the vaults, we also remember the constants Levantine Gothic art.

The chapel of the owner, a polygonal shape, was built by brick on stone plinth carved run, it started up in 1753, joining the head of the church as clearly independent and meaningful piece.

In 1797 its interior was decorated with paintings definitively architectures false and false perspectives with Marian reasons, and its architects the painters José Mariano Francisco Ferrandiz and browning Santacruz.

The Orlo dome with decorative elements such as angels, pediment, rock and shields, in ornate style, clumsy execution, but not free of charm.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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