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The City Council restores and exhibits the original mausoleum of the founding couple of the Santiago de la Ribera on the facade of the church (01/07/2019)

Santiago de la Ribera recovers a part of its history with the restoration and public relocation of a funerary sculptural relief of the founding couple of the town formed by José María Barnuevo and María Teresa Sandoval.

The pastor of Santiago de la Ribera Juan Rosique yesterday blessed the sculpture in an act that was attended by several generations of descendants of the Barnuevo family to whom the mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo thanked the donation to the City Council of the sculpture as well as the wheel of the Torre Mínguez farm, origin of the town, from where the Barnuevo-Sandoval planned the creation of the town in 1888.

The funerary sculpture comes back to what was its original location on the facade of the current church of Santiago de la Ribera built on the chapel that the Barnuevo built next to the Casa Hotel, known as Casa Barnuevo, inside which the relatives placed the funeral mausoleum to remember his predecessors.

When the new church was built it was replaced by a modern mausoleum by the sculptor Anastasio Martínez from Murcia and the original was moved to the family home of Torre Mínguez where it has been guarded all this time until its donation to the City Council that after its restoration exposes it to the public outside the church as a tribute to the founders of the town.

The mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo thanked the family for the donation of the mausoleum as well as the original Ferris wheel of the Torre Mínguez farm for the extraction of water for irrigation that has also been restored and that will be placed in a few days in a park close to what was its original location as part of the town's history.

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier

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