Fundación Iberdrola España and the Sigüenza City Council inaugurate the ornamental lighting of the Plaza Mayor
- The project, which is part of Iberdrola’s Illuminations Program, will require an investment of approximately 130,000 euros.
- The new lighting will use LED technology and will enhance the volumes of the architectural ensemble.
Iberdrola, as part of the collaboration agreement signed with the Sigüenza City Council in July 2020, has developed the ornamental lighting project for the town’s Plaza Mayor. The renovation of the lighting of the Plaza Mayor is another example of Iberdrola’s commitment to Castilla-La Mancha, the conservation of the historical and artistic heritage of the region and the promotion of the social value of culture.
The opening ceremony was presided over by Emiliano García – Page, president of the Junta de Castilla La Mancha, and was also attended by the mayoress of Sigüenza; María Jesús Merino; the president of the Provincial Council of Guadalajara, Jose Luis Vega Pérez; the president of the Cortes de Castilla-La Mancha, Pablo Bellido Acevedo and the president of Fundación Iberdrola España, Fernando García Sánchez.
The initiative, which is part of Iberdrola’s Illuminations Program, has involved an investment of 130,000 euros to provide the square with new lighting using LED technology. A very careful installation has been carried out, taking into account reversibility criteria, with the placement of 141 luminaires and a total power of 3.2 KW.
The new lighting will enhance the volumes of the architectural ensemble while controlling the luminous glare at night, reducing intrusive or disturbing light. In addition, different lighting levels have been designed to respond to the different uses of the Plaza.
The initiative enhances the Plaza Mayor as an element in itself and in relation to the unique buildings that delimit it, the Town Hall and the Cathedral.
The mayor of Sigüenza, María Jesús Merino, stressed that “in the midst of the darkness of the pandemic, it is projects such as our IX Centenary or the World Heritage Candidacy that have kept our spirits high. The fact that today the lights of our Plaza Mayor are turned on and illuminated in such a spectacular way is, without a doubt, the materialization of this collective dream. And I would also dare to say that it is the symbol of the optimism with which we face the end of this time”.
In his speech, Fernando García, president of Fundación Iberdrola España explained that “with the illuminations program we want to attract citizens to see, look and observe the square. The philosophy of Fundación Iberdrola España with these actions is to transmit the soul of the historical heritage and the people who inhabit it”.
During his speech, García-Page thanked Iberdrola for its close collaboration with Castilla-La Mancha “because it is always betting on this land”. In this regard, he highlighted the cultural projects that the Iberdrola Foundation has underway in the region, such as the lighting of the Cathedral of Sigüenza, a project that will be a continuation of the one inaugurated yesterday.
The Main Square of Sigüenza
The Plaza Mayor is located in the historic center of Sigüenza, of rectangular structure, is bordered at its southern end by the Town Hall and at the northern end by the Cathedral of Santa Maria. It has its origin in the sixteenth century and was ordered by Cardinal Mendoza. It is a magnificent example of Renaissance urbanism in which stands out its porticoed gallery that runs from the Palacio de los Deanes, now the City Hall, to the Puerta del Toril.
Fundación Iberdrola with culture
One of Iberdrola’s main areas of action, through its Foundation in Spain, focuses on the care, conservation and enhancement of historical and artistic wealth. The main objective of the Lighting Program is to develop interventions in unique buildings to install or improve their interior and/or exterior ornamental lighting systems in order to contribute to the enhancement of heritage.
Since 2011, the volume of investment allocated to the Lighting Program has amounted to more than 3 million euros and has led to the improvement of more than 40 monuments in Spain, including the historic Roman Bridge of Alcántara, in Cáceres; the façade of the Congress of Deputies, in Madrid; the Cathedral of Ávila, or the interior of the New Cathedral of Salamanca.