Talleres didácticos del proyecto cultural de restauración del Monasterio de San Milla de Yuso
Dating of the building: 16th - 18th century.
Reason for the award :
In recognition of the pedagogical work carried out by these Workshops as an extension of the cultural project of the restoration of the Monastery of San Millán de Yuso, a renowned monument - together with the Monastery of San Millán de Suso - of the origin of the Spanish language and Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
This project has been a landmark, not only in the region but at national level, defining a model of restoration work open to society.
The church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción is an integral part of the San Millán de Yuso Monastery, one of the most influential spiritual and cultural centres of the Middle Ages in Spain. The monastery preserves the oldest written testimony of the Castilian language, the Glosas Emilianenes, fruit of the intense and notable cultural activity of its medieval scriptorium.
The comprehensive restoration project carried out in the church between 2005 and 2011 was the result of a collaboration agreement between the Government of La Rioja, through the San Millán de la Cogolla Foundation, the Order of Augustinian Recollects that inhabit the monastery, and the Montemadrid Foundation. The general intervention project included an initial phase of exhaustive investigation, elaboration of a diagnosis, and the drafting of the project, followed by a phase of work consisting of the archaeological excavation of the subsoil, restoration of factories, dampness, cleaning of surfaces, restoration of vaults and chapels, and restoration of movable furnishings (altarpieces, sculptures, choir stalls, railings, and wall paintings). In the project as an additional chapter, a Communication and Dissemination Plan was designed suitably to the size and scope of the intervention and following the characteristics of the monument.
The most significant activity of the plan was promoting the familiarity of the younger public with this important heritage and making them aware of the importance of its conservation. For that reason, throughout the restoration works, a Didactic Classroom was built in the same church, and a specific educational programme created to raise awareness and preserve heritage. Thus, between 2007 and 2009, a total of 39 educational workshops on heritage were held at the Yuso Monastery, which allowed more than 3,500 children and young people from schools in the region to see the monument first-hand undergoing restoration. This project has been a landmark, not only at regional but at national level, defining a model of restoration work open to society, which makes the most of the enormous opportunity offered by a restoration project for knowledge, awareness, and enjoyment of heritage.