Restoration of San Blas church reveals surprises

A nearly total renovation, lasting over 15 months and costing almost $1.3 million was completed last month. The pieces requiring greatest care and reconditioning included exterior and interior repair to the dome, bracing the lateral naves, restoration of the walls, and repairing or replacing marble throughout the church. The massive doors to the church were completely redone. Of particular importance, requiring delicate workmanship, was the restoration and conditioning of the intricate murals adorning the altar. Father Francisco Calle, “Father Paco,” is now the pastor of one of Cuenca’s crown jewels. However, he was quick to point out, “This work depended…

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