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Mincul requests facilities to verify the impact on cultural heritage in the plaza of the Church of San Francisco

Lima, February 17, 2022Updated on 02/17/2022 02:28 pm

The culture Ministry (Mincul) has requested the company Enel and the Municipality of Lima that provide the security facilities to enter the forado in the square of the Church of San Francisco caused by a truck transporting cement as part of the pedestrianization works in the area, last February 16.

Through a statement, the entity indicated that this will allow to establish if the facts constitute affectation to the cultural heritageas well as initiate the corresponding actions and the measures that help to restore the damage caused.

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Likewise, the Mincul specialists will carry out studies to identify and verify the date of the brick walls, in order to confirm or rule out that they are part of the Catacombs of the San Francisco Convent. In addition, they are preparing the corresponding reports to apply the corresponding corrective measures. At the moment there is no evidence that cultural heritage has been affected.

Ministry of Culture pronounces on the incident that occurred in the square of the San Francisco church.  Photo: Mincul
Ministry of Culture pronounces on the incident that occurred in the square of the San Francisco church. Photo: Mincul

TRUCK DAMAGED PLAZUELA

After becoming aware of the sinking of the tires of a truck in the square of the Church of San Francisco, the directorates of Historical Property and Control and Supervision were constituted in the place in order to verify the facts and assess the damage.

The entity was able to verify that The damage caused by the cargo truck caused the stone slab floor and the subfloor to break.

According to the contractor of the ENEL company, company “Lari”, stated that the broken floor sector corresponds to a “medium voltage cable pass mailbox”, a high-risk area, Therefore, the approach to the interior of the hole was not allowed, indicating that only specialized personnel could do it due to the electrical risk, which is why what happened was verified from the outside.

From the external zone, the Mincul verified that the affectation of the floor is approximately 1.80mx 1.50m. Photographs were taken and it was observed that the so-called pass mailbox is made up of 02 brick walls (north and south), a concrete wall (east) with brick overlay and a concrete lintel with brick courses (west).

MML IS PRONOUNCED

Through a statement, the Municipality of Lima reported that they will apply the respective sanctions to the company responsible for the damage to the square. In addition, they explained that the unit took an unauthorized route and entered the Church of San Francisco.

Due to the weight it was carrying, one of the tires sank into the pavement where the Enel company substation chamber cover is located. “It is necessary to clarify that the damaged part (where the sinking occurred) corresponds exclusively to said cover. No damage has been done to the catacombs, which are located below the Church of San Francisco.”

Municipality of Lima pronounces for damages in the square of the Church of San Francisco.  Photo: MML
Municipality of Lima pronounces for damages in the square of the Church of San Francisco. Photo: MML

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