District Representative Matilde Diaz visited the municipality of Alcolea to attend the opening of the Hermitage Museum in San Sebastian and San Ildefonso. Historical and cultural space With Mayor Antonio Ocaña. Project manager Historian and museologist Rosario CarinoAs well as the parish priest who blessed the facilities.
The municipality’s comprehensive rehabilitation process included the intervention of the frescoes, the design and implementation of the museum and audiovisual furniture of the hermitage, as well as the interior and exterior improvements of this historic building.
The regional deputy emphasized that he was proud to be able to participate in such an important work of the municipality: “The project that the mayor devised one day opens doors and thanks to the director who led and institutional support for him is a reality. I consider the commitment to Heritage Restoration to the municipality as a source of job creation and wealth.”
Likewise, he explained the commitment to regional heritage and the commitment to promote it as a tourist resource in Alpujara: “In this case, the city council decided to convert its hermitage into a historical and heritage space to attract tourism to one of the most beautiful villages of Alpujara. Diputación stands by Alcolea in all the projects it undertakes as a home for 103 municipalities. From the regional tourism department, we will be doing the necessary promotion so that in Almería, Andalusia and Spain they know that Alcolea has this wonderful centre.”
For his part, the mayor appreciated the work of all the people who worked in one way or another to ensure that this event could be held especially Fernando Utrela, The former mayor responsible for this project and for achieving the transfer of this building for 30 years.
In the same way, he evaluated the project manager’s work for her work and “put her heart” into this performance. Specifically, she will be the one running the guided tour in two shifts in the morning and afternoon, from Tuesday to Saturday.
In 2017, we saw the opportunity in GDR money and started working on the app. We started with money from the city council, but the help from the GDR was a catalyst to push us forward with this project which aspires to become a regional tourist attraction,” explained Okana while emphasizing that it is a multifunctional space that includes conferences, exhibitions and other types of events. It was The project 30,000 euros in funds from the German Democratic Republic and over 200,000 were taken over by the city council itself.
“There is currently an exhibition that brings together the process of restoring the hermitage so that people know its original condition and how it was done,” explained a rehabilitation manager for a “multi-purpose, multifunctional” space.
In addition, the opening included an audio-visual exhibition scheduled to be shown in May the altarry which tells the story of this Hermitage which was built in 18th century. Eight minutes captivate the visitor with graphics and effects tailored to that majestic “screen”.
This action included the rehabilitation and improvement of the building, as well as the restoration of the frescoes and the acquisition of furniture (wooden benches) and movable walls that allow to change the use of the room according to the moment. The Hermitage includes LED lighting and imperceptible radiant heating to preserve the integrity of this heritage asset to the utmost.