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The Civil Guard recovers in Torre Pacheco a heraldic shield dating from the sixteenth century (01/10/2018)

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, within the framework of the 'Plan for the Defense of the Spanish Historical Heritage', has developed in Torre Pacheco the operation 'CLAVICULA', an investigation that has allowed to locate and recover a heraldic shield disappeared in the years 70 of the Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary of the municipality.

The coat of arms, dated between the centuries XVI and XVII and declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, has been temporarily deposited in dependencies dependent on the Archaeological Museum of Murcia.

Framed within the 'Plan of Protection of the Spanish Historical Heritage', civil guards of the Historical Heritage Team of the Civil Guard of Murcia have carried out the exploitation of the Clavicle Operation with the objective of locating a heraldic shield of ecclesiastical typology , belonging to the town of Torre Pacheco and disappeared at the beginning of the 70s.

Last June, the Civil Guard became aware of these circumstances and began the work to find out their administrative situation and location, as well as their state of preservation.

Dismissed during the demolition of the former Hermitage of the Dean

This coat of arms would be attached to the structures of the old Chapel of the Deán that, in the year 1603, became the Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary of Torre Pacheco, which was demolished in 1971 to build on its site the current Church under the same invocation.

During the demolition several stony pieces of ornament and ecclesiastical dignity were saved.

However, this shield was thrown, by a possible human error, into a rubbish dump where remains of the demolition accumulated as if it were a vulgar stone.

The investigations have allowed to locate it in an address of Torre Pacheco.

Apparently, his owner found him to be a child near the demolition and has kept him at home since then.

Once informed of the value of the piece, it has been intervened, being delivered in a remarkable state of conservation.

The shield is made of sandstone and its iconography of the field is dedicated to the invocation of the Virgin of the Rosary.

In it you can see what looks like a heart in the center, crossed by an arrow, there are letters that would allude to God, all bordered by a rosary of five beads and surrounded by lambrequins.

The operation 'CLAVICULA' has culminated with the recovery of a heraldic shield, of ecclesiastical origin, cataloged as an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC), which has been transferred and deposited in the Intermediate Archive dependent on the Archaeological Museum of Murcia.

Well of Cultural interest

The heraldic shields, from the entry into force of the Law of Spanish Historical Heritage of the year 1985 and the Cultural Heritage Act of the CARM of the year 2007, are considered as an Asset of Cultural Interest.

Both laws require that those who have in their possession pieces or collections of a cultural nature communicate this possession to the bodies responsible for cultural matters within a maximum period of one year.

Once the administrative procedures for registration in the inventory of cultural assets of the Region of Murcia and its relevant authentication and originality report are completed, it may be returned so that, again, it forms part of the original structures of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of Torre Pacheco.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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