- The action, which is part of Iberdrola’s Illuminations Program, will have an investment of 200,000 euros to improve the night lighting of the temple.
Iberdrola, through its foundation, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Sigüenza City Council and the Cathedral Chapter to develop a project to improve the exterior ornamental lighting in Sigüenza Cathedral.
The Bishop of Sigüenza-Guadalajara, Monsignor Atilano Rodríguez; the mayor of Sigüenza, María Jesús Merino; and the director of Fundación Iberdrola España, Ramón Castresana; signed the agreement this morning. The event was also attended by the Dean of the Cathedral, Jesús de las Heras; the president of Fundación Iberdrola España, Fernando García; and Iberdrola’s institutional delegate in Castilla-La Mancha, Venancio Rubio.
The initiative, which is part of Iberdrola’s Illuminations Program, will involve an investment of 200,000 euros to provide the monument with new artistic lighting to highlight the architecture and artistic elements of the façades.
The new lighting will use the most advanced LED technology, which will accentuate the beauty of the architectural elements through a design that respects the heritage and spiritual values of the building.
The replacement and renovation of the lighting in Sigüenza Cathedral is another example of Iberdrola’s commitment to Castilla-La Mancha, the promotion of culture and the conservation of the region’s historical and artistic heritage. In this regard, Fundación Iberdrola España is also concluding the work to renovate the lighting in the Plaza Mayor of Sigüenza.
On the occasion of the start of the proceedings for the declaration of the City of Sigüenza as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the City Council of Sigüenza is developing various initiatives to highlight the historical heritage and the artistic, monumental and architectural wealth of the city.
The Cathedral of Sigüenza
The Cathedral of Santa Maria, located in Sigüenza, Guadalajara. Temple that has its origin in 1124, when the bishop Bernardo de Agén reconquered the city from the Muslims, in times of the reign of Doña Urraca, daughter of Alfonso VI of León.
Although it began in Romanesque style, its ensemble is a good example of Cistercian style architecture, transition to Gothic. In fact, the Cathedral is a good example of the different artistic styles through its naves, doorways and chapels where Romanesque, Cistercian, Gothic, Renaissance, Plateresque and Baroque elements can be appreciated. The Cathedral of Santa María was declared BIC on June 3, 1931.
Fundación Iberdrola with culture
Fundación Iberdrola España carries out interventions in artistic monuments and unique buildings to install or improve indoor and/or outdoor lighting in order to contribute to the enhancement of the historical and artistic heritage and to improve the energy efficiency of these systems.
An example of this type of action is Iluminando el Prado/Lighting the Prado, the integral lighting project of the Prado Museum with LED technology, which was a pioneering initiative and a benchmark in Europe when it was launched.
The Festival de Luz y Vanguardias de Salamanca is another example of the company’s support for innovative projects. Since 2016, this city has been hosting established artists, young talents and specialized companies that use light as the raw material for their works.
Since 2010, Fundación Iberdrola España has also been carrying out an ambitious project for the restoration and maintenance of Romanesque art monuments in Spain and Portugal, the Atlantic Romanesque Plan, a cross-border cooperation project developed together with the Portuguese Secretary of State for Culture and the Regional Government of Castilla y León, whose second phase is progressing at a good pace, promoting the sustainable socio-economic growth of the territory, based on its own resources: the people who live there, its natural environment and its cultural heritage.