San Juan de los Reyes, another star at night in Toledo with the new artistic lighting


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The mayor of Toledo, Milagros Tolón, attended this Thursday afternoon the inauguration of the new artistic illumination of the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, a project carried out by the Toledo City Council to enhance one of the most emblematic monuments of the regional capital, declared a Site of Cultural Interest (BIC), and thus enrich your night vision.

The first mayor has been accompanied on this visit by the president of the Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page and by the Archbishop of Toledo, Francisco Cerro, as well as by other members of the local and regional government.

The new artistic lighting of the monument has meant a investment of 351,097.27 euros and has been co-financed by the European Fund for Rural Development (Feder) through the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE) and the Toledo City Council, at 80 and 20 percent, respectively.

The Consistory thus offers a modern and renovated view of the monastery that to date It had a lighting system implemented in the 1980s and from now on it will be lit with energy efficiency criteria. and sustainability that reduce consumption, as highlighted by the mayor.

As explained by Milagros Tolón, “the object is to enhance the great heritage value of this emblematic building and highlight its unique Gothic-style characteristics». In addition, the City Council is carrying out important work to renew the city’s lighting through the implementation of new lighting systems that offer greater vision, safety, efficiency and savings for the municipal coffers, he recalled.

The implementation of the new lighting system has had during its execution the mandatory archaeological supervision of the project and always respecting the heritage value of this 15th century monument, in addition to the authorizations corresponding to the project by the Community Board and the Ministry of Culture.

The arrangement has had a five month lead time, from September to December 2021 and among its main objectives has been detail lighting that enhances the architecture of the building, maximum energy efficiency and minimum light pollution, as well as maximum protection for the building, minimizing damage to heritage.

The new LED lighting will allow the regulation of color and its temperature with very low consumption, thus achieving highly efficient lighting and highlighted in the panorama of the west face of Toledo.

The new lighting is made with 78 Philips projectors of powers between 33 and 300w of LEDs with 4 RGBW channels with fluxes between 1,300 and 12,500 lumens that allow any combination of color and tone of light with individual regulation controlled by computer.

Consumption goes from 31,400 kWh per year to 10,618 kWh per year (66.2 percent savings). Under current conditions, the lighting hour will cost less than two euros and the estimated annual cost will be less than 2,500 euros.

It should be remembered that the monument, considered one of the best ensembles of Hispano-Flemish Gothic, it was erected by the Catholic Monarchs to commemorate the battle of Toro (1476). Of the monumental complex, the general layout of the construction stands out – the work of John Guas– or a stone crest that runs along its perimeter (both the church and the cloister). The exterior of the building has two portals, the one to the west and the one to the north, which overlooks a large square.

This intervention comes to provide the regional capital with a new tourist attraction to be visited, in addition to being a source of pride for the people of Toledo and Toledo that they can enjoy on a daily basis. Its view, enriched from today, will endow the city with greater beauty and chromatic coherence precisely in a week in which Toledo has been recognized by the Japan Congress and Convention Bureau as the best panoramic night view in the world from the Valley.

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