- The restoration of the altarpiece, which has involved an investment of 33,880 euros, is another of Iberdrola’s commitments to Extremadura
- The works have restored the splendor of the altarpiece and remedied the deterioration caused by the passage of time
The Coria – Cáceres Diocese has completed the restoration of the altarpiece of the Virgin of the Rosary (Sacred Hearts) belonging to the Church of Santa María del Olmo.
Fundación Iberdrola España signed the agreement with the Diocese of Coria – Cáceres in November 2021 to recover the movable cultural heritage of historical and artistic value of the Church of Santa María del Olmo. Specifically, the Altarpiece of the Virgin of the Rosary (Sacred Hearts), includes the recovery of the sculpture of the Immaculate Conception.
Among other actions, cleaning of the mechanical surface of organic remains and accumulated dirt has been carried out, fixing the pictorial layer by injection and application of brushing, assembly and disassembly of infrastructure, and restoration of the image of the Immaculate Virgin.
This morning the ceremony was attended by Monsignor Jesús Pulido, Bishop of the Diocese of Coria-Cáceres; Mr. Mario Méndez Ramos, parish priest; Ms. Inmaculada Lucas, mayoress of Ceclavín; Mr. Fernando García, president of Fundación Iberdrola España and Mr. Francisco Pérez Urban. General Director of Libraries, Archives, and Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Sports of the Regional Government of Extremadura.
The restoration of the altarpiece, which has involved an investment of 33,880 euros, is another of Iberdrola’s commitments to Extremadura and its permanent aim to promote the social value of culture and the conservation of the region’s historical and artistic heritage.
The church of Santa María del Olmo and the Altarpiece of the Virgin of the Rosary (Sacred Hearts)
The church of Santa María del Olmo is a complex work that encompasses different architectural styles such as Renaissance and Baroque and was declared BIC (Bien de Interés Cultural) in 1982.
The altarpiece of the Virgin of the Rosary also called of the Sacred Hearts, is one of the two altarpieces that were conserved in the hermitage of the Holy Christ of the locality, although they belonged to the greater temple until the post-conciliar reform of the last century decided to relieve the church of many of its old altarpieces, eliminating some and moving others. Due to the advanced state of degradation of the hermitage, caused by the high levels of humidity, it was decided to remove them from the hermitage and take them to the parish building, where they are now waiting to be put back on their feet.
Fundación Iberdrola with culture
Since its creation, Iberdrola has been committed to the energy, cultural and social development of the communities in which it is present. In this regard, Fundación Iberdrola España represents a further step in this commitment by promoting initiatives that improve people’s quality of life. One of the Foundation’s main areas of action focuses on the care, maintenance, and promotion of art and culture.
This project is in addition to others that the company has carried out in Castilla-La Mancha in recent years, including the illuminations of the Monastery of Uclés, the Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Prado in Talavera de la Reina, and the Cathedral of Sigüenza, among others, as well as exhibition projects such as El Prado en las calles.