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Vélez town hall urges Junta to carry out repairs to San Francisco monastery

San Francisco's cloisters.
San Francisco's cloisters. / J. R.
  • The community of monks who live in the monastery are concerned about "serious problems" caused by damp, among other damage

Vélez-Málaga town hall approved on Tuesday a motion to approach the regional government about repairs to the town's sixteenth century San Francisco monastery and church, for which the Junta de Andalucía is responsible.

The community of Franciscan monks who live in the monastery approached the Junta's Culture and Heritage department in 2020, concerned about the "serious problems", particularly in the cloister columns and parts of the church, including choir stalls and the central nave, largely caused by damp.

They also mentioned damage to wooden beams caused by insects, meaning that the exhibition area has been closed to the public for some time.

The town hall used some of its own funds to pay for urgent repairs to the cloisters' walls last year, but says that the building, which is registered as a site of cultural importance, needs further "significant intervention on a large scale."