Successful completion of the restoration of the Sepulcher of the Boil family in the former Santo Domingo Convent

Successful completion of the restoration of the Sepulcher of the Boil family in the former Santo Domingo Convent

  • Fundación Iberdrola España and the Army Museum Foundation signed a collaboration agreement in March 2022.
  • This restoration has involved an investment of 55,000 euros

Iberdrola, through its foundation in Spain, has completed the restoration work on the double stone Sepulcher of the Chapter House of the Convent of Santo Domingo, currently the headquarters of the High Readiness Ground Headquarters (CGTAD) in the former Captaincy General of Valencia, known as the Sepulcher of the Boil, to preserve and enhance the cultural heritage of the Valencian Community.

The project, which has involved an investment of 55,000 euros, is part of one of the main areas of activity of the Fundación Iberdrola España: cultural development and conservation of historical and artistic heritage.

The ceremony was attended by Lieutenant General Fernando Garcia-Vaquero, head of CGTAD; the president of Fundación Iberdrola España, Fernando García; and the director of Fundación Iberdrola España, Ramón Castresana.

Among other actions, the Valencian company NOEMA Restauradores has proceeded to the mechanical dry cleaning, the elimination of improper mortar, the measurement of salts inside the work, the consolidation of the stone material and the pre-existing pictorial strata, the chemical cleaning of the stone and the polychrome strata, the restoration of the gilded surfaces and the reconstruction and illumination studies of the work.

This action, another example of Iberdrola’s commitment to Valencia, is in addition to the projects that the company has carried out in recent years in the city through its Foundation, such as the restoration of the tapestries of the Colegio del Patriarca and the installation of new lighting in the Chapel of the Holy Chalice of the Cathedral.

The Sepulcher of the Boil family

The sepulcher is located inside an arcosolium, measures 4.18 meters high X 1.65 meters wide, and was commissioned by Berenguer Vives Boil in the mid-fifteenth century.

In its interior lie the remains of D. Ramón de Boil Dies, II Lord of Bétera, known as “Old Governor” killed on January 6, 1407, and buried in the lower part, and of his son D. Ramón de Boil Montagut, III Lord of Bétera and viceroy of Naples in the reign of Alfonso V the Magnanimous, who died in 1458, whose remains are housed in the upper part.

The work, made on calcarenite-type sandstone and by an unknown author, is articulated employing two columns that support an archivolt. The tomb has a cinerary, a lower recumbent statue, a lower frieze, an upper recumbent statue, and an upper frieze.

Fundación Iberdrola España with culture

Fundación Iberdrola España carries out interventions in artistic monuments and unique buildings to install or improve indoor and/or outdoor lighting to contribute to the enhancement of historical and artistic heritage and improve the energy efficiency of these systems.

Since 2010, the Foundation has also been developing an ambitious project for the restoration and maintenance of Romanesque art monuments in Spain and Portugal, the Atlantic Romanesque Plan, a cross-border cooperation project developed together with the Portuguese Secretary of State for Culture and the Regional Government of Castilla y León, whose second phase is progressing well, promoting the sustainable socio-economic growth of the territory, based on its resources: the people who live there, its natural environment and its cultural heritage.