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SAN CLEMENTE MONASTERY

SAN CLEMENTE MONASTERY
Toledo, Spain
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BACKGROUND

The Royal Monastery of San Clemente was first built in 1131 by King Alfonso VII. The structure was built on existing Moorish houses and became one of the largest monastic complexes in Toledo. In the 16th century, the monastery was transformed by several noted architects, including Alonso de Covarrubias and Juan Del Corral. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In collaboration with the Consorcio de la Ciudad de Toledo, WMF completed the restoration of the chapterhouse including its decorative tile work, mural paintings, and wooden ceiling. The project also included replacement of the electrical and heating system of the chapterhouse to prevent another fire, and the draining of the adjacent cistern. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

San Clemente Monastery is still partly occupied by a cloistered community of nuns, and it still retains its original functions. The uncovering and conservation of the paintings preserved in the cloister will allow portions of the monastery to be opened to the public and will increase public awareness about the history and significance of the monastery. (...)