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The tower of the parish church of Santiago "El Mayor" de Totana looks from yesterday with all its glory after restoration has been undertaken both its internal and external spaces (14/07/2008)

The tower of the parish church of Santiago "El Mayor" de Totana looks from yesterday with all its glory after restoration has been undertaken much of its interior spaces and exterior of this landmark building, whose works were officially opened by the authorities municipal and religious.

The opening ceremony of these restoration works, declared of cultural interest, and part from the seventeenth century urban landscape of the city, attended the priest Francisco Fructuoso, director of the restoration project, Francisco Guerao - who explained the project's characteristics, "the mayor, José Martínez Andreo, councilors of the municipal corporation and many residents of Totana.

During the ceremony, held after the noon mass in the temple, a video of the evolution and different phases of the project, and it involved the pastor, the council of Culture and Tourism, Ana Belén García, and Urban, Juan Carrion, and the architect of the works.

Subsequently, many residents visited the various levels which includes the tower.

The actions undertaken in this building over the past year have involved not only in the consolidation of its structures, but also in the recovery, rehabilitation and enhancement of the interior spaces of the same.

Thus, the actions carried out have allowed, among other things, the recovery of interior rooms such as the "Bride's Room", the replacement of the yokes of the bells and restoration of each or rehabilitation of balcony railing and gargoyles.

The rehabilitation of the interior spaces allow these rooms can accommodate and develop different activities, from pastoral outreach exhibitions, historical, cultural and sightseeing tours, for which a draft is expected Musealisation Tower is scheduled to open for the holidays Santa Eulalia in December, according to the mayor of Culture and Tourism.

The mayor, José Martínez Andreo, stressed the importance of this action and states that "the restoration and rehabilitation of the tower of the Church of Santiago is achieved by one side to value cultural heritage of the municipality and also to value a new offer tourism. "

"In this regard, it has renovated both outside and inside the tower and each of the chambers into which the museum's interior will look over different reasons for our city that can be visited," he added.

To carry out this project, last year signed a cooperation agreement between the Diocese of Cartagena and the City.

The works, whose budget has risen to 344,000 euros and had a lead time of seven months, have been funded in full by the Consistory totanero through the Department of Planning, and have enjoyed the cooperation of the Department of Planning and Sustainable Development, said Carrion.

For its part, the pastor, who reviewed the few interventions that have been made in the temple since its construction, welcomed the involvement of the City, "without whose effort is really of great significance to Totana not have been possible" and underlined the "commitment municipal and historical responsibility in this joint effort "with the sign of identity," one of the main symbols of historical and artistic heritage. "

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Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana

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