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summary of the restoration actions through the monument history

Since its creation, in 1971, the Amics de la Seu association has promoted several restoration works in fulfillment of its foundational mission of watching over the basilica collegiate restoration and preservation.


1974: RENEWAL BELL SYSTEM:
Renewal of the bell system by mechanizing and automating its functioning and thus integrating it into a metallic structure located inside the tower.

1981: RESTORATION SANTÍSSIMA TRINITAT ALTARPIECE AND OTHER REPAIRING WORKS:
Several works repairing the tower, the apse stone perimetral balustrade, some fallen, or about to fall, moldings and the restoration and protection of two elevated stained glasses at apse’s sector. Subventioned by the Ministry of Culture.

The restoration of the Gabriel Guàrdia’s (1501) Santíssima Trinitat Gothic altarpiece. This work was entrusted to the Gudiol prestigious Barcelonan workshop.

1984: RESTORATION OF THE CARGOL DE SANT PERE:
Restoration of the so-called “cargol” de Sant Pere or winding stair at the apse to access the coverings. Subventioned by the Government of Catalonia.

1993: CLOISTER RESTORATION:
Inauguration of the cloister sector: cloister intervention, beneath-cloister and the Favets chapel, with previous archaeological excavations. Work promoted by the Government of Catalonia.

1995: REARRENGING SEE SURROUNDING AREA:
Rearrenging of all the surrounding area of the See. Work financed by the Direcció General d’Arquitectura i Habitatge.

1998: SALVEM LA SEU START UP CAMPAIGN:
By the end of the year little mortar pieces and stones from the last basilica nave vault fell. First inspections and technical studies confirmed a critical situation, which was about to culminate in the “Salvem la Seu” (“Save the See”) campaign.




2000: APSE INTERVENTION:
Urgent intervention at the apse to operate two archs that were broken in a structural way, and also had a big fissure. It took a chance to restore the big apse keystone.







2002: BUTTRESSES RESTORATION:
Ending of the first phase of the works included in the signed agreement. They were about the restoration of three apse buttresses and their stone ornaments. Simultaneously, a section of the covering perimetral wall in a danger state of unfastening was restored.



2004: UPPER COVERING RESTORATION:
The structure reinforcement and funding of the upper See covering. This was a difficult technical work in which the buttresses had to be reinforced by introducing a steel heart inside them dug into a level of 11 m. beneath the ground.




2006: ROSE WINDOW RESTORATION. NEW INSTITUTIONAL AGREEMENT:
Restoration of the big rose window at the west façade. Financed by a popular subscription campaign, which was started the year before and promoted by the Amics de la Seu association.

Renewal of the Collaboration Agreement between institutions for four more years. This time only four institutions signed it; the Government of Catalonia, the County Council of Barcelona, the City Council of Manresa and the Bishopric of Vic.

1980: MARE DE DÉU DE L’ALBA NEW IMAGE:
Inauguration of the Basilica incumbent Mare de Déu de l’Alba new image after its regrettable destruction by a meant fire happened the year before.

1982: SANTÍSSIM’S CHAPEL COVERING, NEW FAÇADE’S TERRACE:
Renovation of the Santíssim chapel covering and waterproofing and paving of the Alexandre Soler’s new façade atrium terrace.

The restoration of the altar-tabernacle of the Cossos Sants (Saint Bodies).




1990: STAINED GLASSES RESTORATION:
Restoration of two stained glasses, one of them promoted by the bank Caixa de Manresa in its 125 anniversary, and the other by the Canopy, the See Parish and the Amics de la Seu Association.

1994: SANTA MARIA’S PORTAL RESTORATION:
Restoration of the North Portal or Santa Maria’s portal. Work promoted by the Amics de la Seu Association and financed through a popular subscription campaign.

1996: VERGE DELS DOLORS ALTAR:
Installing the Verge dels Dolors altar from the Casa de la Caritat old church in a See’s radiating chapel. This work is by the 19th century Manresan sculptor Maties Padró.

1999: CROSS VAULT REARRANGING AND STAINED GLASS RESTORATION:
Urgent works to repair the imminent breaking of a cross arch from the last section of the nave, operating the vaults and adjacent coverings.

The restoration of a lower stained glass at the Sant Esperit chapel. This was also the year in which our association obtained the declaration of “Public Benefit” (O.M., 25.02.99).

2001: INSTITUTIONAL AGREEMENT AND DIRECTOR PLAN PRESENTATION:
Signing of the Collaboration Agreement between five organizations: Ministry of Culture, Government of Catalonia, County Council of Barcelona, City Council of Manresa and Bishopric of Vic. They compromised in aporting 250 millions of pts. during the 2001-2004 period.

Presentation of the Director Plan of the whole monument restoration, made by the See curator architect Mr. Francesc Xavier Asarta.

2003: BUTTRESSES RESTORATION AND SEVERAL ROOM FITNESS:
Fulfillment of the restoration of a second phase of intervention in three buttresses of the apse and their stretches; also, the great upper stained glass of the Santa Maria portal and two buttresses.

Adaptation of the reception, projection and warehouse rooms together with another buttress and its stretch of the Romanesque portal section.

2005: BUTTRESSES RESTORATION AND SANT ANTONI PORTAL:
Restoration of two more buttresses with its corresponding stretches as well as the Sant Antoni Portal and the handrail and the stone perimetral corridor of the upper covering of the basilica.

Construction of an access ramp for physically handicapped persons for accessing the basilica by the cloister door.

2007: FIRST PHASE INSIDE ILLUMINATION:
The first phase inauguration of the basilica inside illumination project. In its 50% patronaged by the Endesa Foundation.