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The Popular Municipal Group proposes that the Ministry of Culture study whether the Mudejar coffering of the Church of Santiago is the longest in the said art in Spain (27/09/2018)

If yes, that all actions are carried out so that it is documented and collected in all the publications and cultural archives of our country.

The Popular Municipal Group presents to the Plenary on Thursday that the Ministry of Culture will study whether the Mudéjar Coffered ceiling of the Church of Santiago is the longest one of such art in Spain.

The Church of Santiago was built between 1549 and 1567. The architecture of the temple is in general of Tuscan style, the plateresque doorway and its basilica interior;

it emphasizes the apse of polygonal form with plant of three naves and six sections with lateral chapels.

Its structure presents the particularity of the pillars with longitudinal arches that offer greater monumentality to the building.

The coffered ceiling of the Mudejar style was made by the Lorca Esteban Riberón, consisting of a simple armor of pine, carved of couple and knuckle with lacería, with similarities in Andalusian and Castilian Mudejar buildings.

In the main nave there is the main altar with a large baroque altarpiece with salomonic columns adorned with the typical vine leaves.

The tabernacle, also gilded, was the work of Antonio Caro El Viejo, from Orihuela.

The plant of the temple is configured in rectangular form, of 44 meters in length (without counting the extension that occupies the dressing room) and 19,5m of width.

We focus the motion, taking into account the studies carried out by chroniclers, historians and architects, in the Mudéjar-style coffered ceiling of our Church of Santiago, which may be the longest of this art in Spain.

Outstanding examples of Mudejar architecture in Spain are the coffered ceilings of the Cathedral of Teruel, the Alcázares de Sevilla, the Tránsitode Toledo synagogue, and those that existed in the palace of the Dukes of Maqueda de Torrijos, as well as in several viceregal temples of Mexico and Peru, but for what it has been possible to verify these temples or buildings do not reach the 44m length of the roof of the Church of Santiago de Totana.

In Murcia, Mudejar art is late, as is the architectural and ornamental evolution of many renowned buildings.

Mudejar art made its way into some temples of the Murcian territory through a very specific ornamentation: the wooden roofs or alfarjes.

The historical reviews that highlight the implementation of Mudejar art in our community leads us to know that there are almost ten temples that still preserve their original Mudejar ceilings in the Region.

Basically, these temples are usually divided into two specific types, those of the temples in which the alfarjes are between transverse arches or diaphragm, as are the cases of San Onofre de Alguazas, San Bartolomé de Ulea, Nuestra Sra. De Loreto in Algezares , Our Lady Of the Conception of Caravaca and the Conception of Cehegín and the pair and knuckle alfarjes, being characteristic of this last typology that the roof is run from the beginning of the ship until the presbytery.

San Andrés de Mazarrón, Santiago el Mayor and Santa Eulalia in Totana are examples of this typology.

The coffered ceiling of the Church of Santiago is a pair of wooden armor and a knuckle, or a trough, which is understood as the one in which the transverse timber (par), which goes from the head of the roof to the top of the the stirrups or logs arranged horizontally on top of the wall, do not start assembling directly from a longitudinal beam as a vertex of the triangle, but it is linked to a flat piece of wood that forms the bridge or almizate (knuckle), thus transforming the triangular profile of the frame in another trapeze.

According to the studies collected by historians, the coffered ceiling of the Church of Santiago el Mayor de Totana, can be the Mudejar coffered ceiling of Spain of greater length and surface (approximately 44m), so from the Popular Group we consider that this consideration must be taken account for the different historical aspects that correspond.

And therefore during the development of the full request to the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, in particular to the Ministry of Culture to carry out the studies and checks that are necessary in order to prove if the Mudejar coffered ceiling of the Church of Santiago is the largest that exists in Spain.

If after the study the requested manifestation is confirmed, all actions are carried out so that it is documented and collected in all the publications and cultural archives of our country, as well as that from the City Council together with the Ministry of Culture take held a series of lectures on Mudéjar Art in Spain, in order to strengthen and consolidate the roof of the Church of Santiago as the longest Mudejar coffered ceiling in Spain, as well as promote this unique piece and make visible its uniqueness.

Source: PP Totana

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