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The collaboration of the regional government will complete the restoration works of the roofs and facades of the Basilica of the Vera Cruz de Caravaca started with funds from 1.5% Cultural of the Ministry of Public Works and the City Council (14/10/2020)

The mayor, the Minister of Culture and the older sister of the Brotherhood of Vera Cruz have visited the Castle, where the restoration work on the Baroque façade and roofs of the building, one of the most emblematic of the heritage, is being carried out.

regionalThe projects -presented in 2018 to the call of the 1.5% Cultural for the conservation of heritage- have a financing of 690,000 euros, of which the City Council of Caravaca contributes 25% of the municipal budget for this fiscal year 2020 and the the rest is assumed by the Ministry of DevelopmentAs for the new interventions, they will be carried out thanks to the collaboration of the Regional Government, acting in the cleaning of areas such as the north facade and the rear, which were left out of the project"It is time to join forces and join forces between the central, regional and local administrations and, in this way, make the most of the scaffolding and other expensive infrastructure displaced to the place, expanding the initially planned project", highlighted José Francisco GarcíaThe collaboration of the Government of the Region of Murcia, through its Ministry of Education and Culture, will allow the completion of the restoration works of the roofs and facades of the Basilica of Vera Cruz de Caravaca, started a few weeks ago with a budget that It includes 1.5% Cultural funds from the Ministry of Development and other funds from the City Council.The mayor of Caravaca de la Cruz, José Francisco García; the Minister of Education and Culture, Esperanza Moreno, and the older sister of the Royal and Illustrious Cofradía de la Cera Cruz, María del Carmen López, have visited the place this morning to learn about the restoration work, in which the Autonomous Community also will collaborate by cleaning the side facades of the building, especially the north wing.The restoration projects of the main facade and roofs of the Basilica - presented in 2018 to the national call for the 1.5% Cultural for the conservation of heritage under the direction of the municipal architect José Manuel Alcázar - have a global budget of 690,000 euros, of which the Caravaca City Council contributes 25% of the municipal budget for the current fiscal year 2020.The restoration process of the baroque façade, with a budget of 280,000 euros, seeks to maintain the stone structure with characteristics that are as close as possible to the initial ones, trying to recover the material in its original state and color, applying a treatment for the elimination of the wax film applied in the 90s of last century, by means of a smooth and controlled polishing.Regarding the roof works of the building, made up of curved 'Arabic' ceramic tile, the rehabilitation process tries to keep them with their original characteristics, with re-roofing and cleaning to eliminate existing problems, repairing cornices and eaves, with special attention to the most unique architectural elements.

This action has a total budget of 409,000 euros.Complementary actionsAs for the new interventions, "we want to act on the north wing and on the rear façade, focusing the work on the window that opens onto the church's presbytery area and the stone corbels, the main decorative elements in this area.

of the building, which were left out of the 1.5% Cultural project.

In this way, we optimize resources, taking advantage of scaffolding and other expensive infrastructure displaced to the place ", as reported by the mayor.José Francisco García has stated that "it is time to join forces and join forces between the central, regional and local administrations because to also undertake the intervention of the side facades of the church."The General Directorate of Cultural Assets is currently evaluating the methodology to carry out this action among municipal technicians and those of the Historical Heritage Service.

In this regard, the counselor stressed that "it must be remembered that we are in an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) and, therefore, it must be guaranteed that the actions for its restoration comply with all the guarantees of preventive conservation".The regional government has made various investments in this Basilica in recent years.

Thus, three years ago the realization of a three-dimensional model of the cover of the Sanctuary, its base and its columns from a 3D scanner and georadar was paid, in order to know first-hand its state of conservation.

This work "now allows one to act with greater knowledge of the good and make the right decisions," Moreno pointed out.The counselor highlighted that Caravaca de la Cruz is "one of the nerve centers for the historical, artistic and cultural heritage of our community and a treasure to preserve of which we are very proud."The older sister has expressed the gratitude of the Brotherhood of the Vera Cruz to the administrations that make possible these restoration and cleaning works of a property "which is a jewel for the Region of Murcia."

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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