The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Pedro Alberto Cruz, today announced the results of excavations carried out in the Church of San Juan de Dios de Murcia and have unearthed the remains of the old Alcazar de Murcia, built during the third quarter of the twelfth century, during the period of government of Ibn Mardanish.
Accompanying the Minister in presenting the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, which oversees the Church Museum San Juan de Dios, Juan Garcia Sandoval, director of the restoration work, Eva Maria Mendiola, and CEO of Fine Arts and Cultural Enrique Ujaldón.
Conserved elements consist of three distinct parts: the wall of the castle, the vault (rawda) and oratory (mihrab).
In the latter had found the horseshoe arch, keystone and rectangular niche, which the Minister described as "an element of incalculable value to the extent that the polychrome remains almost intact in most of the bow made that will allow students of this age have a more powerful symbol of what were the behaviors, the modus operandi aesthetic that time. "
The arch was walled up and retained some of the exterior decoration, in the intervention that is taking place has been emptied and removed arc wall plaster, and found the interior decoration.
On this former chapel is built the first church in the city of Murcia, founded by the then Prince Alfonso, the future Alfonso X 'El Sabio'.
This first church was born under the patronage of Santa María la Real, but in the fifteenth century become known as Santa Maria de Gracia.
It was here where he deposited the heart of Alfonso X, the same solemn and later brought to the Cathedral of Murcia in 1521 under the reign of Charles I.
The restoration works are to the structural consolidation of the archaeological remains, and influence with relevance to the most important oratory and cemetery wall.
The intervention is based on cleanliness, chemical and structural consolidation of the archaeological remains and the reintegration of the wall volume, recovery of the marble floor and covered the graves (macabrillas) of the pantheon, and arch support, with the removal of the plaster that covered the decoration of this element is unique in the region.
The intervention of restoration being done "quickly and surprising results," said the counselor, has a budget of 108,699 euros.
Photo (from left to right).
The Director of Fine Arts and Cultural Heritage, Enrique Ujaldón, the
and the director of the restoration work, Eva Maria Mendiola, and the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Pedro Alberto Cruz.