Milestones, Spring 1996
The World Monuments Fund's restoration, completed in 1992, of the temple and garden of the Mudejar Cloister at the Royal Monastery of Guadalupe has won a 1995 Europa Nostra Prize. The principal cloister of the monasteryestablished under royal patronage in 1341 and constructed through the fifteenth century-is a rare surviving example of monumental mudijar construction in Spain, a document of the synthesis of forms from Christian and Islamic traditions in Spanish medieval art. Financed and supervised by WMF, an international team of architectural conservation experts carried out the project from initial planning through the restoration of the upper stage of the templete, the stabilization of its lower register, and an interpretive reconstruction of the original garden, based on historic evidence and archaeological data.
WMF gratefully acknowledges the principal sponsors of the restoration project for the templete and garden of the Mudejar Cloister, Banco de Extremadura (Caceres, Spain) and the Caixa Geral de Depositos (Lisbon, Portugal) and support received from the Amanson Foundation, Alliance Capital Management, The Getty Grant Program, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and Robert W. Wilson.