In 1594 Cardinal
Rodrigo de Castro decided to expand the original traces of the school with two
extensions on both sides of the facade next to the corner towers. For this, two
great Renaissance architects of one Spanish, the Jesuit Andrés Ruiz and another
Italian Veremondo Resta, will be present in Monforte, coinciding in the city of
Lemos with the Cardinal.
This year, the
Cardinal decides to undertake a trip to Galicia to meet the Jubilee and, at the
same time, solve different issues concerning the foundation and the work that
is being done in his great work. On May 22, part of the Hispanic city with
direction to Madrid, among its companions is the architect Vermundo Resta. Once
in this city the signing of the deed of the foundation takes place, dated June
11. It may be strange, but the implementation of the works precedes the
confirmation of the foundation. At the beginning of July 1594 he resumed his
trip to Galicia. Previously, the Milanese architect has had to leave for Monforte
because on June 11 he attends the work by order of the Cardinal.
This same year
there is evidence of the presence of Jesuit Andrés Ruiz in Monforte once again
serving as a senior teacher and “wearing the work. This teacher in the company
of Vermundo Resta and, possibly, at the request of D. Rodrigo, still in Madrid,
add two “quarters parts” to the original traceto go close to the
towers of the main facade, by order of the Cardinal. The contract for this work
is made on June 11 with the stonework teachers Pedro de Marlote and Juan de la
In the light of the work entitled: “The town of Monforte in the light of the Cadastre of Ensenada (Part I)” An example of capital of a stately state “” by Rosa Mª Guntiñas Rodríguez, and specifically, in relation to the College of the Cardinal news of the first documents dating from January 1592 and refer to five sales of land (vineyards, orchards, “leiras” or farms) of individuals (a silversmith, a tailor of the “Arrabal” and a neighbor of “Remberde”) “) And of some houses of Francisco Díaz and Francisco Rodríguez, which had brought them up the monastery of S. Vicente del Pino but that” the Count of Lemos (…) on behalf of said Mr. Cardinal asked us to sell him and monastery has agreed to build a College of the Society of Jesus (…) on the bridge of S. Lázaro (…) where grammar is going to be read ”.
Documents that highlight, once
again, that the monastery of S. Vicente del Pino would have facilitated, as it
will do in the case of the Convent of the Poor Clares, the construction of the
College. Purchases that are complemented in February 1593 with a donation of
land by the Council so that the College “had on the facade and in front of
the square” 190, the College “whose dedication has to be (…) Our
Madame de la Antigua ”191 which seems to contradict the provisions of the 1741
Former students of the Scolapios, on the fiftieth anniversary of their
On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the promotion of the 1966-1967 academic year, a group of alumni from the Scolapios of that generation met again yesterday. In total, about forty former high school students attended the meeting.
The program began at 11 a.m. with a guided tour of Cardinal’s College. At twelve o’clock the attendees moved to the Abadía da Cova winery in Saviñao. After tasting a wine they returned to Monforte, where they had their meal scheduled at three in the afternoon at the Hotel Cardinal.
The idea came from Benxamín Macía and Jesús Ovidio Pérez Reñones, the promoters of this meeting. “Ten years ago we came up with the idea of seeing each other. It had been forty years since I knew about you two others, so I decided to try to locate them all, although it was difficult. In 2007 we held the first meeting, ”explains Benxamín Macía.
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By the will of Don Rodrigo, signed in Seville on August 12, 1598, it is known that “his factory and work is well advanced” and that the express will of the prelate was “to end and put all perfection according to and by trace , order and form that has begun and continues as and in the way that I have communicated “. In a deed granted a few months later, on April 19, 1600, the cardinal, who should feel his last hours approaching, orders that the church be given preference in the works and especially those of his burial. Don Rodrigo soon died. On September 18, 1600 he went on to a better life. Until 1603 his mortal remains were not transferred from Seville to the sepulcher of Santa María la Antigua, carved by Gregorio Español.
In great pregnancy and hurry he had to put those responsible for accelerating the works of the church the death of Diego Vélez, which occurred a little more or less by the same dates as that of the cardinal. By a document published by García Chico, about which Chueca Goitia attracts attention, it is known that Juan de Nates, the architect of Las Angustias, from Valladolid, and one of the most interesting figures of! group derived from the cathedral of Valladolid, was called to finish the church of Monforte, which left Diego Vélez unfinished. The document says: “I Juan de Nates, the neighboring architect of the city of Valladolid … I say that Diego Belez, master of the saying, my already deceased art took charge of making the third part of the church of the school of Our Lady of the Company of Jesus de Monforte .., in the kingdom of Galicia from which Mr. Rodrigo de Castro was founder. ” Cardinal and late archbishop … and I have been asked to take my charge to finish. … December 13, 1600 “.
Juan de Nates He learned the trade with his father in Valladolid, a city where he lived most of his life and where most of his works are registered. He is the son of Pedro Gómez de Nates and marries María de la Vega, daughter of Juan de la Vega, also a stonecutter and teacher of Juan de Nates himself. Disciple of Juan de Herrera, along with Juan Ribero de Rada, was the greatest diffuser of classicism in the North Plateau.
Taken from Manuel Ángel Feal Antelo THE COLLEGE OF THE CARDENAL DE MONFORTE DE LEMOS. EVOLUTION OF THE UNIVERSAL TRACE.