The State of the cloister before restoration
The present project involved the restoration and consolidation of the remains of the Cloister prior to its integration within the Museum’s new extension. The consolidation and restoration of the monument was considered both necessary and urgent as the structure was in an extremely poor state and was almost a ruin after more than 50 years of inexplicable neglect. The deterioration of the stone elements was evident to the naked eye by comparing photographs of these elements taken at the end of the 19th century with the state of the Cloister before its present restoration. This situation was confirmed by the team from the Department of Mineralogy and Petrology of the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas in Madrid, which was commissioned to study the structure and present a diagnosis.