The mayor of Toledo, Milagros Tolón, visited this Thursday the oratory of San Felipe Neri after the investment made by the Consortium of the City of Toledo, of which she is president. Thanks to the rehabilitation and improvement works, this patrimonial enclave of the Historic Center will reopen to the public as new cultural and exhibition space.
Milagros Tolón, accompanied by the Councilor for Culture, Teo García; and by the manager of the Consortium, Manuel Santolaya, as well as by the architect responsible for the improvements, Jesús Corroto, has advanced that citizens will be able to know the space in Small groups of five people plus the guide, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from Monday to Sunday, in order for the people of Toledo to rediscover the oratory, a patrimonial space that was part of the church of San Juan Bautista, founded around the year 1125, and demolished between 1771 and 1777 due to its dilapidated state.
“We are in a new space for the city, a historic building that we are going to incorporate into the cultural and outreach programs of the Consortium,” the mayor pointed out during the visit to these facilities. “With this recovery we add spaces for culture and, in part, thanks to the work of the Consortium manager and his vision of the entity’s profits beyond the mere rehabilitation of homes and buildings,” he commented.
The mayor, in addition to highlighting that in the San Felipe Neri oratory there are also accessible remains of the Roman baths located in the Plaza de Amador de los Ríos and in its surroundings, as is the case, has indicated that the opening of the oratory « It will allow us to advance in the study of these archaeological remains, in addition to making known this other area of the hot springs that until now we could visit in other basements in the area, ”said the municipal official.
Milagros Tolón also recalled that the pandemic “has not prevented us from continuing to operate in this area, as it is still the essence of our city and also a catalyst for society and the local economy”, and explained that this Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC), owned by the Ministry of Culture, will be part of the spaces managed by the Consortium thanks to the transfer signed a few months ago with the property.
Conservation project of the Primada Cathedral
On the other hand, the mayor has advanced that in the coming weeks «we will have news from the Ministry of Culture with a very important conservation project for our Primate Cathedral», He said, in relation to the Cathedrals Plan of the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE), a plan that includes various actions of interest to the Toledo Metropolitan Seo.
“We are working in coordination with the Ministry and with the dean of the Cathedral, seeing the situation in certain areas,” he pointed out, waiting for the amount that the Government of Spain will allocate to the improvement in the coming weeks. of the Cathedral. The mayor, to questions from the media, has also advanced that this intervention includes a series of improvements regarding the conservation of the temple.