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.
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