The restoration of the Oratory of the Partal of the Alhambra in Granada received the Europa Nostra 2019 award, an award that joins the one achieved a few months ago in the conservation category.
The ceremony held at Théâtre du Châtelet was chaired by the European commissioner Tibor Navracsics and organized with the sponsorship of the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron. The director of the Board of Trustees of the Alhambra and Generalife, Rocío Díaz said that “it is an honor to represent the Alhambra, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Historical Heritage and the Junta de Andalucía, and all those who have made this restoration possible, in special to the multidisciplinary team headed by the Service of Conservation and Restoration of the Board of Trustees », which he congratulated again for his extraordinary work.
In its day the Patronage of the Alhambra and the Generalife commissioned studies on the mosque of the Oratory of El Partal, especially in its historical restorations and its conservation. The results of these studies led to a three-phase restoration project. The first included the restoration of the structural wooden armor. Next, the structural repair of the roofs and their waterproofing was carried out, and finally, the restoration of the epigraphs and decorative motifs of the plasterwork of the internal and external walls of the Oratory was undertaken, as well as the consolidation of its external walls and dividing walls.
The restoration project of the Oratory was written by the Granada architect Federico Wulff Barreiro, who has revealed epigraphic inscriptions from the fourteenth century unpublished to date, as well as decorative elements and technical solutions of Nasrid carpentry that were not known in the Alhambra before this restoration . A restorative intervention that has meant an important advance in the knowledge of the construction techniques of the carpenters and the 14th-century Hispanic-Muslim master masons, key to the global understanding of the Alhambra palatine complex.
For the Minister of Culture and Historical Heritage, Patricia del Pozo, it is an acknowledgment that is “a privilege for Andalusians and for professionals who work in the conservation of heritage jewels such as La Alhambra.” For them, who “often go unnoticed but who contribute to improving the great legacy that we have to protect, is also this recognition.”