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Original ceramic street signs restored in La Orotava 

La Orotava council has recently completed the restoration of the old ceramic signs that the municipality possesses in various streets of the historic centre.

It is an initiative approved by the Municipal Heritage Council which aims to end the image of deterioration that some of these signs presented by missing, in most cases, a letter, according to councillor Narciso Pérez.
The ceramic signs had their origin in the first third of the 20th century, when they in turn replaced others billed in similar material that differed in terms of size and content since those included the type of road in question.
Sr. Perez stresses that these elements have their heritage importance, “because they are a unique and distinctive element of the urban image of La Orotava on the roads in which they are located.”
According to the data of the study carried out by the Municipal Historical Heritage technician, a total of 21 original ceramic signs are conserved, all configured by individual ceramic pieces corresponding to each letter. Of those 21, eleven are in perfect condition, whilst ten needed attention.
 The works have consisted mainly in the replacement of the missing or partially affected and unrecoverable letters, through their recom-position and painting. The work has been carried out through a company specia-lised in this type of interventions, JPH Thema-tizations.
“With this action, we have managed to recover these elements so characteristic of the Orotavense historical centre and end the image of missing letters, thus improving the image of the historical site. These signs are part of the past and lively history of the municipality,” said the councillor.