The church of Redován recovers its original splendor after the restoration that consolidates the 18th century building
Redován 10/1/2017. The restoration works of the Redován parish church have been completed and this weekend will see the intense work of consolidation of the building, built in the early eighteenth century, as well as the recovery of much of the original decoration of the temple. The works have been borne by the Provincial Council of Alicante, (90,000 euros) the City Council of Redován (20,000 euros) and the parish itself (40,000 euros).
The neighbors of Redován will know all the details this Friday at eight o’clock in the afternoon, when the doors of the temple are opened for the presentation of the works. In addition, on Saturday the visit of the Bishop of the Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante, Monsignor Jesus Mugui, will be received, which will preside, from 7:00 p.m., the seasonal Mass with the rite of the Dedication of the Temple, during which it will proceed to the consecration of the same to the patron of the municipality, San Miguel Arcángel, to which the church is dedicated from its construction, but without that its consecration had never been realized, reason why a historical moment for the locality will be lived.
The restoration work has lasted for six months, since last summer, and has basically consisted of ensuring the safety of the building, to which has been added the recovery of its original appearance with the decorative parameters of the Valencian Baroque style. “It has achieved an image of the temple more similar to that had those who raised it three centuries ago,” said the mayor of Redova, Emilio Fernandez. In the course of the restoration have also made important findings, recalled the mayor, “as was the appearance of the remains of Sr. Anastasia Maria Romero y Soler”, a devout seventeenth century to which is related to the veneration in Redován of the Virgen de la Salud, patron saint of the municipality. The bones were found in a hole in the ground where they were apparently transferred in 1972 in secret by the parish priest at the time and some parishioners.
With regard to the project, with the investment made by the Provincial Council and the City Council, demolition of the interior and exterior plinths, as well as the cornices on the façade that were in danger of being dislodged. It has also acted in decorative painting and walls and has made an important action to end the humidity, installing air chambers that will evacuate and not stay inside the walls damaging the building again. For its part, the parish has invested, among other things, in recovering the stained glass windows, painting the façade and reconstructing the original stucco and improving the halls adjacent to the main nave.