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The City Council of Caravaca takes advantage of the closure of the services of the House of Culture to start renovation works inside this emblematic municipal building (19/05/2020)

| The Department of Culture keeps the loan service of the Library open in phase one of de-escalation , reason why the facilities have been adapted to the safety regulations with partitions, indications and protocols of use | The improvement works will expose part of the Municipal Historical Archive, one of the most outstanding in the Region of Murcia, as well as the documentary collection donated by the Discalced Carmelite Fathers Due to the damage and humidity problems, the maintenance and painting works will be extended in stages in the coming months to the different premises of the Casa de la Cultura, such as study rooms, consultation spaces, the assembly hall and exhibitions temporary that the hall The City Council of Caravaca de la Cruz begins the reform works at the 'Emilio Sáez' House of Culture, taking advantage of the period when the facilities closed, causing the state of alarm.

The first action has been carried out at the Municipal Library, which since the beginning of phase one of de-escalation has provided the loan service to users under a series of security measures. The Councilor for Culture, Juan Manuel de León, has reported that "this emblematic municipal building - which is the epicenter of local culture for the many activities it houses throughout the year and for the different services it offers to all publics - suffers in its interior significant damages and humidity problems ". He has also added- "some of its dependencies are wasted or were not opened directly because they were not in use, so the objective is to put them at the service of the public, housing a part of the Municipal Historical Archive, one of the most important in the Region " The actions will last for a few months and have been planned in stages to minimize inconvenience to users.

In this sense, the person in charge of the municipal area of ??Culture explained that "we have taken advantage of the inactivity as a result of the coronavirus prevention measures to launch a project that the Department of Culture had marked as urgent given the state of the facilities " After the installation of security screens at the Library counter and the signage with the rules of use for users, the works have been started in the ground floor premises.

One of them to host the installation of a part of the Municipal Historical Archive, which remains hidden, and the other as a custody room and consultation of its documents. Parallel to this action, the old administrative document storage space will also be used to place and display the library and documentary collection that was donated to the town of Caravaca by the Discalced Carmelite Fathers.

Likewise, the study rooms and works consultation will be arranged and painted. In the last phase it is planned to act in the assembly hall and temporary exhibitions, in the offices, as well as the rehabilitation of the hall and staircase of this building, whose polychromy is seriously damaged by the passage of time and humidity. La Casa de Cultura is a municipal building that is located in the Plaza delTemplete and was built in the 17th century to house the Jerónimos Convent.

In the 19th century, with the confiscation of Mendizábal, it became the manor house of the Sebastián de Erice family.

Finally, it was bought by the City Council, becoming the Emilio Sáezde Caravaca de la Cruz House of Culture in 1994, taking the name of the Caravaqueño historian professor and researcher. municipal library From the Department of Culture remember that the loan service of works of the Municipal Library has been in operation since last week due to the entry of the municipality in phase one of the de-escalation process.

It is provided to the public at its usual hours, from 09:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 21:00, under a series of restrictions and security and hygiene measures that ensure the quality of the service. Online culture Councilor Juan Manuel de León has stated that "culture, and reading in particular have been an even more essential activity in these times of confinement and some of the activities regularly scheduled by the Department of Culture have been able to reach the home of the caravaqueños thanks to new technologies and the involvement of area personnel, with the celebration of online storytelling, videos by authors, virtual routes or challenges related to heritage and local history.

" In addition, we must also highlight the digital festival 'Caravaca en casa', with which the Department of Culture collaborates and which has already held several editions thanks to the altruistic collaboration of organizers and dozens of artists who have offered live concerts through Facebook.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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