Surprising discoveries in the church of San Lorenzo in Úbeda

Surprising discoveries in the church of San Lorenzo in Úbeda

The church of San Lorenzo in Úbeda (Jaen), declared city World Heritage Site in 2003, has been closed to worship for 80 years. The residents of the town mobilized in favor of its rehabilitation and opening as a cultural space, and now the consolidation works they are revealing numerous discoveries, from very varied periods, that vindicate the historical and artistic value of the temple.

The main finding has been a semicircular arch in the late Romanesque or Protogothic style in perfect condition, which has allowed the study of the original structure of the sanctuary, as a complex apsidal space has been found inside the arch. Furthermore, the hidden gaps between the walls have proven to be a valuable source of art objects. Works carved in stone, some with polychrome, have been found in the sacristy: relief of a lion, a winged skull, moldings and polychrome tablets. Likewise, during the renovation of the roof, which was in a dilapidated state, remains of the original Mudejar coffered ceiling have appeared, with Hispano-Muslim decoration possibly from the 14th century.

From what seems the Ubeta temple had been undervalued. The Huerta de San Antonio Foundation carried out a rehabilitation project of the temple that has been possible thanks to the popular campaigns and to the agreement signed with the Bishopric, owner of the building. All the discoveries that have come to light during the works have prompted archaeological exploration and historical research. The ultimate goal is to make the temple become a living historical, artistic and cultural space, for the enjoyment of the public, and thus return a fundamental asset to the city of Úbeda.

Something more complex than it may seem, given the string of disagreements that the history of the building drags. In the 13th century, the primitive mosque was converted and enabled for Catholic worship, with the Christian conquest of the city, and was consecrated to San Lorenzo.During the Civil War fEU subject to numerous attacks, which ruined much of its structure and led to its final closure. The Foundation is now trying to revalue the monument, return it as far as possible to its original state and prepare research, outreach and tourism projects.

Romantic, in the artistic sense of the word. In my adolescence both family and friends reminded me over and over that I was an inveterate humanist, as I spent time doing what perhaps others not so much, believing myself to be Bécquer, immersed in my own artistic fantasies, in books and movies, constantly wanting to travel and explore the world, admired for my historical past and for the wonderful productions of the human being. That is why I decided to study History and combine it with Art History, because it seemed to me the most appropriate way to carry out the skills and passions that characterize me: reading, writing, traveling, researching, knowing, making known, educating. Disclosure is another of my motivations, because I understand that there is no word that has real value if it is not because it has been transmitted effectively. And with this, I am determined that everything I do in my life has an educational purpose.


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