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The Community restores the sizes of the Holy Doctors of Abarán (26/02/2019)

The Restoration Center of the Region of Murcia, under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, has restored the statures of Saints Cosme and Damian, known as the Medical Saints.

Two polychrome and gilded wood carvings dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, which have been recovered using the latest technological advances to make a complete restoration.

It is a very altered set over time, with numerous modifications produced by spurious interventions and the passage of time that modified varnishes, polychromies, concealed carnations and very negatively disturbed the original state of this singular set.

The recovery process consisted in a physical chemical cleaning, elimination of oxidized varnishes that altered the polychromies, enchasing of cracks in legs and feet, coating of deficiencies, intermediate varnishes, differentiated chromatic reintegration, elimination of purples in the golds and gold in the missing parts and, finally, final varnish.

The Minister of Tourism and Culture, Miriam Guardiola, today delivered the sculptures and stressed that "from the regional government we work to maintain the best conditions for future generations and that it is a cultural and tourist claim of the first order".

He also highlighted the meticulous work and the latest techniques used by the professionals of the Restoration Center.

Abarán celebrates the patron festivities at the end of September, coinciding with the big day, September 26 (Santos Cosme and Damián).

The carvings are in the Church that receives its name, located in the Paseo de la Ermita.

The devotion to the patrons is more than 400 years old, so its origin goes back to the time of conversion of the Muslim settlers to Christianity.

It is recorded that by the year 1505, date in which Ferdinand the Catholic orders the conversion of the mosques of the Ricote Valley into churches, the Holy Doctors were already venerated.

Source: CARM

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