The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Junta de Castilla y León is carrying out, throughout this year, the recovery of cultural heritage distributed by the capital and various points of the province within a wide range of projects that includes archeology to religious elements or that are part of the popular tradition.
Based on the PAHIS2020 Plan document, which is structured around five fundamental principles: society, knowledge, system, territory and cooperation, the head of the Territorial Service for Culture, Ruth Llorente de Andrés, stressed that this year «there has been a great effort so that the restaurant sector is not affected by the pandemic.
In this way, actions have been undertaken for preventive conservation, studies and documentation, restoration or knowledge and dissemination, among others, in order also to promote formulas for public-private agreement and social awareness of the value of cultural heritage.
According to Ruth Llorente, with regard to investment programming, the joint responsibility of the owners and managers of the heritage is taken into account, apart from a collaboration agreement that governs the programming with the Bishopric, owner of a large part of the cultural heritage. The head of the Territorial Service for Culture and Tourism shares UNESCO's criteria in the sense that “heritage constitutes a source of identity and cohesion for societies (...) it has to be something that concerns us all, a value not only of memory of history, but also of present and future ».
In addition to showing the work and commitment of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in the conservation of the cultural heritage of Castilla y León, according to Llorente de Andrés, these projects also aim to offer professionals and all interested parties the processes and intervention procedures in cultural property and show models and intervention techniques that offer guidelines and examples of good practices.
With a cost of 370.233,21 euros, including some previous interventions and the expected completion in early 2021, the wallpaper coverings of the nineteenth century rooms of the Palacio de Quintanar, in the capital, are restored. The oldest decoration could correspond to a time in the last quarter of the 1775th century, around 1785-XNUMX.
With aid from FEDER Funds, like other projects, the roofs, gallery and interior nave of the 19th century church of Santa María de la Cuesta, in Cuéllar, which began on October 450.525,94, with a period of execution of one year, for XNUMX euros.
The waterproofing of the roof of the central nave and apse of the church of San Miguel, in Fuentidueña, from the 51.304th century, has also been done for 45.375 euros, and a structural intervention has been carried out in the choir of the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, in Martín Muñoz de las Posadas, built in the Gothic style in the XNUMXth century, replacing the old Romanesque temple from the XNUMXth century, for XNUMX euros.
In the parish church of San Pedro en Cátedra, in Fuente el Olmo de Fuentidueña, from the Romanesque, a Renaissance altarpiece, popularly known as 'Of the Jews', has been consolidated in the nave next to the gospel, which was in poor condition of conservation, presenting important deteriorations, for 16.661,70 euros. They have also carried out the restoration of the decorative plasterwork of the remains of the Palace of Enrique IV, in Segovia (see THE DAY on the weekend of October 11 and 12).
With a budget of 41.160 euros, the archaeological site 'Abrigo del molino', baptized as 'First settlers of Segovia', has been closed, which housed the last representatives of the Neanderthal species in the interior of the Iberian Peninsula, for the protection of its elements of archaeological and geological interest, and for the redirection of runoff that damages its deposits. For 11.434,50 euros, a study of the Roman city of Confloenta and another of the door of the Hispano-Muslim fortified enclosure and its access ramp, in the castle of Ayllón, hill of 'La Martina', for 14.511,96 euros.
The inventory of archaeological sites in the municipality of Bernardos has been revised, for 17.968,50 euros.
Ruth Llorente has also explained that the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage has collaborated with archaeological research projects in Segovia: Cerro de Los Almadenes (Otero de Herreros), Dolmen de Santa Inés (Bernardos), Cueva de Enebralejos, Roman Villa Aguilafuente, Las Pizarras (Coca), Peña del Moro, Abrigo del Molino, Roman Villa of La Palatina, Acheulean site of Armuña and historical quarries of Berrocal, in Ortigosa del Monte.
Apart from the aid to local entities and individuals, among the cultural projects executed between this year and last, co-financed with ERDF funds, dissemination actions have been developed at the site of the Roman city of Confloenta (17.841,45 euros), Martinete de Navafría (18.000 euros), Cueva de La Griega and Torre de La Hontanilla, in Pedraza (39.950 euros), church of San Millán, in Segovia (12.708,63 euros) and Monastery of Santa María la Real de Nieva (10.430,20 euros).
In Confloenta, programs for school visits and educational workshops have been developed, among others; in Navafría, cultural heritage was promoted as a tourist attraction in the area where the Martinete is located, and in Pedraza, guided tours of the cave have been carried out with manifestations of rock art and epigraphy and the Tower, integrated into the medieval fortification. A didactic resource has been developed for the interpretation of the Romanesque church of San Millán, with the remains of the original XNUMXth century alfarje. In the Monastery of Santa María la Real de Nieva, the dissemination of this heritage enclave was proposed, an outstanding example of late medieval architecture in the Crown of Castile.
Dancers vests and Passion veils
In addition to the architectural interventions, work has also been done on other heritage elements, such as the restoration of three dancers' vests for drumming, which at least date back to the XNUMXth century, and two drums from Muñoveros brotherhoods, found in a chest that is kept in the upper choir of the parish church of San Félix.
For Culture, this type of communal clothing, linked to the brotherhoods and festive celebrations, constitutes an asset that must be preserved and restored, not only as heritage assets, but also as examples of intangible cultural heritage linked to paloteo dances. In the budget of 12.463 euros, the recovery of the drums of the Vera Cruz, and of the Blessed Sacrament and Virgen del Rosario has been included.
13.273,70 euros have been allocated to the restoration of the Passion veils in the parish church of San Vicente Mártir, in Hontoria, in Segovia.
It is the only remains that are preserved of the old Holy Week sergas that were used to display in the church during the days when the Passion of Christ is celebrated. There are three scenes, although one of them is shown in two fragments: The Crucifixion, Jesus tied to the column and Jesus before Herod. The twills were stored in the choir, in terrible condition, but a group of neighbors removed them from there, cleaned them and exhibited them.
Source: The Day of Segovia