The Fundación Colegio Nª Sª de a Antigua signs an agreement for the interior ornamental lighting of the church of the Colegio de Nuestra Señora de la Antigua in Monforte de Lemos with the Iberdrola Foundation

• The replacement and renovation of the lighting in the church is one more example of Iberdrola’s commitment to Galicia, the preservation of the historical-artistic heritage of the region and the promotion of the social value of culture.

• The most advanced LED technology will be installed, which will reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

The managing director of the Nuestra Señora de la Antigua School Foundation, P. Javier Agudo and the director of the Iberdrola Spain Foundation, Ramón Castresana today signed the agreement in a ceremony that was also attended by the president of the Iberdrola Spain Foundation , Fernando García Sánchez; the mayor of Monforte de Lemos, José Tomé Roca and the director of the Galician Energy Institute, Juan Rodríguez Fernández-Arroyo.

The FCNSdlA and Iberdrola, through their foundation, are committed to developing an interior ornamental lighting project in their church. The replacement and renovation of the lighting in the church of the College. The initiative, which is part of the Iberdrola Illuminations Program, will have an investment of 90,000 euros to provide the church with new artistic lighting, which will enhance the architecture and artistic elements of the church.

Thanks to this agreement, the Iberdrola Spain Foundation will install the most advanced LED technology, which will reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, as well as minimize maintenance work.


After placing the stones in the vault of the presbytery and the removal of the large scaffolding that was erected for this purpose, the altarpiece by Francisco Moure is being cleaned again and all the wooden elements of the Church are disinsected. On December 5, the 2nd Sunday of Advent, worship will resume in the Church of Nª Sª de la Antigua. With two masses at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm

With some simple photos we illustrate the work that is being carried out these days, although the work abroad continues.


On Thursday October 23, and with the guidance of the architect responsible for the work, Mr. Manuel Freire, a former student of this school, we had two visits to the work of rehabilitation of the vault of the presbytery of the Church of Nª Sª de la Antigua de our Foundation.

The first visit was from the Board of Directors of the Lugo Surveyors Association. The second, in the afternoon of that day, students and professors of the Master of Rehabilitation of the University of A Coruña. Everyone was delighted by the impressiveness of the rehabilitation and its technical difficulty. Being a real luxury to be able to observe the work from the top of the scaffolding at 18 meters high with a perspective of the church impossible to see at other times.

The visit to the museum of both groups, led by the Director of the College, greatly contributed.


This week the complicated works of relocation of the stones of the vault of the presbytery of the church, damaged in the earthquake of 1755 and with the consequent deterioration of the subsequent 266 years, have been completed.

Now the tasks that remain are grouting cracks and cleaning, in addition to installing the shields of the high altarpiece that were dismantled to allow work on the vault and rear arch. Then he will have to give a new cleaning to the entire altarpiece. We hope that we will soon be able to return worship to the church, which is its legitimate function.

To illustrate what has been said, I put some images of the state of the wall and vaults before the intervention and some of how the restored arches are becoming.

FOTO B Stone block that threatened to fall
Placing the block in PHOTO B in place


These days we have installed in the Pinacoteca the Funeral Inscription of the Cardinal after a restoration in which above all the original date has been returned since by indicating the date of the death of the Cardinal (MDC), 1600, part of the date of the writing and installation of the same (MDCCCXLIX) 1849.

The Latin text says:

Emm. ac. Rev. D.D. Roderichus á Castro S. R. E. Presbyter Cardenalis, Archiepiscopus Hispallensis: progenie Magnus, Virtutibus Maximus, meritis optimus: pauperum Parens, literarum amplisimus Protector, hujusce Basilica ac scientiarum scollae munificentisimus Fundator et Largitor, plenus dierum dillectus Deo et hominibus quuescit in pace.
Anima migravitim coelum cinera vero hic sunt. Anno Domini MDCCCXLIX

The Spanish translation:

Most Eminent and Reverend DD. Rodrigo de Castro S.E.R. Cardinal Priest, Archbishop of Seville; of great lineage, the greatest in virtues, the best in merits, father of the poor, very magnificent protector of letters, very generous founder and donor of this Basilica and of the school of sciences, rich in days, loved by God and for men, rest in peace.
His soul went up to heaven, but his ashes are here deposited. Year of the Lord 1849


These days and taking advantage of the restoration works of the church, the seventeenth-century grille of the Chapel of the Relics has been restored. This grille made of forging and with the different pieces joined only by riveting, without any welding, was quite deteriorated because the setting of the bars that made it up had given way, the bars were off the hook and in serious danger of dismantling due to lack of the required solidity. in such unions.

The company Forja de Chago, specialized in the restoration of ancient iron elements, -they have just restored all the bars of the Santiago Cathedral-, was the company appointed to restore consistency and functionality to our bars, something that has been done with the same old techniques, without the use of any modern welding.

It has been discovered that in the past the bars had golden elements, due to the remains of gold and polychrome.

They have even restored the old lock, the original had not worked for more than a century, making new keys, those of half a kilo in pure wrought iron.

With some photos we illustrate the renovation of the fence, which has been like new.


At the initiative of the CNSdlA Foundation, its appearance documented in three photos from the early twentieth or late nineteenth century will be returned to the well of the main cloister. Apparently the two stone pillars that can be seen on both sides of the well supported a wrought iron arch from which the pulley hung to raise the water with a cauldron At some point, said hardware disappeared, leaving the well soulless and with the appearance of incompleteness.

The Herrería de Chago, in Santiago de Compostela, which has just restored the 17th century bars of the Chapel of the Relics, is going to be in charge of making this ironwork. We illustrate this news with a current photo of the state of the Main Cloister in which you can see the situation of the well and photos from the early 20th century where you can see the hardware that is the object of this news.


After placing a provisional scaffolding to cover the main altarpiece of the Church, it has been dismantled to make way for another more robust scaffolding that will be in charge of supporting the entire vault of the presbytery in order to be able to reposition the stones of the same that were in danger of falling.

With some photos we illustrate the state of the works today.


For a few days we have been observing the increase in visits to our WEB, We can deduce that interest is growing in what the College of the Cardinal can offer to tourism and hence the consultation of our WEB page, from which we offer the visits taken and the countries of origin these days, perhaps preparing a summer visit to Monforte and its magnificent tourist offer: landscape, oenological, gastronomic and cultural. We can see that inland tourism is clearly taking hold


In the Foundation Archive, we can find a lot of documentation from the 16th and subsequent centuries. Among them there is one that attracts attention, it is a document of sale of a vineyard dated October 22, 1576, which was sold for seventy ducats. The curious thing about this deed is the care of the presentation that the “Escribano” (notary) who vouched for it. He drew a capital letter E, capitular, in pen and ink and in it he put the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian or (S. Bastiano) as the same scribe recorded in the upper part of the letter E.

The letter is also surprising that despite being already in the midst of a renaissance, it keeps much of the Gothic letter used until the middle of the previous century.

We illustrate this entry of our WEB page with a photo of the capitular and first lines of said document and a photo of two ducats or doubloon, of the time.

Beginning of the deed of sale of a vineyard mentioned in this entry
Coin of two shields or doubloon of 1578. Felipe II
Half-shield coin. Philip II