Praise for restoration work on historic church now nearing completion
Restoration of the historic church of the Virgen de la Luz in Guía de Isora is likely to be finished in mid June.
This was announced by the Minister of Heritage of the Cabildo of Tenerife Josefa Mesa who visited the works and said: “The need to preserve historic buildings like this is a priority for the insular institution and today I have seen that the restoration is very well done: taking care of the smallest detail.”
The restoration has cost just over 91,000 euros, of which 71,000 euros was contributed by the Cabildo and the rest by the Diocese of Tenerife and the Guia de Isora parish.
The Mayor, Pedro Martin thanked both institutions for taking the decision to fix the bell tower and clock of the church.
He said their poor condition meant the local council had to take protective measures to safeguard an important and historic area of the municipality.
The work started in February and include sanitation and repairs to the internal staircase to the nave and the bell tower and repairing the interior and exterior plaster of the tower.
The pastor of Guia de Isora, Jesus Gonzalez Yanes said these aspects were deemed very urgent. Now, it would be possible to assess restoration of the church organ and some of the altarpieces which were in a state of deterioration.
The work was praised by Javier Álvarez Muñoz, church architect, who said great care had been taken in the face of various problems encounter-ed, such as oxidation of ironwork in the dome which had put some elements of great historical value at risk.
He said great care had been taken to match materials with the original so that the balustrades and pinnacles looked just as authentic.
The church has great heritage value within the historic area of Guía de Isora and was declared of Cultural Interest in 2007.