Palencia’s San Hipólito church will have new exterior lighting
- The Provincial Council of Palencia, the City Council of Támara de Campos, and the Iberdrola Spain Foundation join forces to carry out this lighting project that will contribute to sustainability, improve energy efficiency, and avoid CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
The president of the Provincial Council of Palencia, Ángeles Armisén, and the director of the Iberdrola Spain Foundation, Ramón Castresana, signed an agreement this morning, in the presence of the mayor of the town, María Concepción Gallardo; the president of the Iberdrola Spain Foundation, Fernando García; the deputies of Area and Territorial Action, José Antonio Arija and Urbano Alonso, and the delegate of Iberdrola in Castilla y León, Miguel Calvo, for the renovation of the exterior lighting of the San Hipólito church in the town of Támara de Campos in Palencia.
Iberdrola has chosen Palencia’s shrine to improve its energy efficiency and provide it with modern and elegant lighting, according to its heritage value. The project includes the elaboration of the lighting project, the supply of luminaires, the technical management, and the installation of the lamps.
The Provincial Council of Palencia, the Town Council of Támara de Campos, and Fundación Iberdrola España join forces to carry out this lighting project, which will also contribute to sustainability and avoid CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. The Provincial Council will contribute 60% of the total amount of the project, which amounts to more than 20,000 euros, the Fundación Iberdrola will contribute 40%, and the Town Council of Támara de Campos will be responsible for the maintenance of the lighting and for providing access to the company that will carry out the work of the installation, as well as its upkeep.
The lighting will use the most advanced LED technology that will accentuate the beauty of the architectural elements that make up the complex through a design that respects the heritage and spiritual values of the church.
The replacement and renovation of the lighting in the church of Támara de Campos is another example of Iberdrola’s commitment to Castilla y León and its permanent aim to promote the social value of the culture, origin, and preservation of the historical and artistic heritage of the region.
Institutional commitment to the province’s heritage
For years the Provincial Institution has been collaborating with the Diocese of Palencia in the opening and diffusion of monuments. In this field, it is worth mentioning the San Hipólito church, which is part of this agreement that aims to facilitate the access of tourists to these shrines, which are undoubtedly a reference at a historical and artistic level.
San Hipólito church is a building of great proportions, built in the 14th century in Gothic style, with Renaissance and Baroque additions. Its impressive Herrerian style tower stands out, built in the 17th century after the collapse of the Gothic tower in 1568. It has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) since 1991 in the category of historical-artistic monument.
In addition, San Hipólito church counts with an Iberian organ with 45 notes that sound 26 half registers. This organ is part of the Provincial Organ School of Palencia (EPOP), an institution with which the Provincial Council of Palencia collaborates with the aim of promoting an organ culture that favors the conservation of this valuable instrumental heritage in society.
During this year, between July and December, 7,252 national and international tourists visited San Hipólito church.
Iberdrola with the promotion of art and culture
Through its foundation in Spain, One of Iberdrola’s main courses of action focuses on the care, preservation, and enhancement of historical and artistic riches. The main objective of the Lighting Program is to carry out interventions in remarkable buildings to install or improve their interior and/or exterior lighting systems to contribute to the enhancement of historical and artistic heritage.
Since 2011, the volume of investment allocated to the Lighting Program has amounted to more than 3 million euros and has led to the improvement of more than 40 monuments in Spain, including the Cathedral of Avila, the interior of the New Cathedral of Salamanca, the historic Roman Bridge of Alcántara, in Cáceres, or the facade of the Congress of Deputies, the Palace of the Supreme Court in Madrid, and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela