By Euro Weekly News Media •
Published: 24 Jan 2011 • 11:06
ORIHUELA – THE Museum of Sacred Art in Palacio Episcopal in Orihuela is set to open late February. Mayor Monica Lorente, along with her administration, and Infrastructure and Transport Councillor Mario Flores visited the facilities on Monday. “The transfer of artwork began on Tuesday January 11,” explained Lorente.
“This museum will showcase our cities culture and the aim is for it to become the largest museum of religious art in the Valencian Region,” she declared.
Various paintings, sculptures, gold works, textiles, furniture as well as Codices will be on display.
“All the hard work that the Valencian Regional Government has put into this project, given the high cost, has finally paid off,” exclaimed Flores.
Rafael Palmero, Bishop of Orihuela-Alicante Diocese, demonstrated his pride in this addition to the historic Palacio Episcopal and encouraged the care and preservation of the works of art now and hereafter.
The Episcopal Palace was declared a National Monument in 1975 and is located opposite the Cathedral del Salvador y Santa Maria.
The Palace was built during the second half of the 16th Century; it was extended and refurbished in 1733. The official opening ceremony will be at the end of February after which its doors will be open to the public.
Seven people will be responsible for receiving visitors, monitoring the rooms as well as being tour guides.
By Nicole Hallett
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