International Museum Week

International Museum Week

The Ministry of Culture of Castilla-La Mancha convenes one more year the “International Week of Museums”, between 14 and 20 May. Consult in these pages the activities organized in Toledo.

We read on the Web page created for this Week:

” The museums of Castilla-La Mancha celebrate, for the third consecutive year, the International Week of the Museums between 14 and 20 May 2007, offering the Castilian-La Mancha and the visitors of our region the possibility of knowing our museum centres free of charge and to participate in the diverse activities programmed during this week and that reach a special relief in two days: the International Day of the Museums, that is celebrated on Friday, May 18, and the Night of the Museums, that will take place on Saturday, May 19.

International Museum Day has been celebrated worldwide since 1978, by agreement of the General Assembly of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 1977. Each year it has a different motto that allows all the museums of the world to have a common element of reference, reflection and inspiration to organize activities and celebrate this day.

The theme chosen for the 2007 edition is “Museums and Universal Heritage” in order to enhance museum collections as the main focus of museums and whose content, knowledge, and value must transcend conventional boundaries and form part of universal culture.

Along with this announcement, the Minister of Culture, Blanca Calvo also announced the recovery of the “Toledana Puerta del Sol“as an exhibition space and “interpretation center of defensive Mudejar”. After a time in which it has remained closed, the councillor of Cultura Calvo has shown this morning her satisfaction by the recovery that has been carried out in this place, now turned into center of interpretation of the defensive Mudejar.

After having returned to Toledo the former oratory of San Felipe Neri as a fully recovered exhibition space, the Director General of Heritage and Museums has pointed out that the Puerta del Sol project was the result of an agreement between the Ministry of Culture and the regional government to restore the splendour of this “icon of the city”.

By means of explanatory panels, visitors can find out what the general characteristics of Mudejar are, until they reach Mudejar in Toledo and finally focus on defensive Mudejar. It is precisely to this last activity that this “splendid 14th century triumphal arch arose from an Islamic proof” was dedicated.

Photos Puerta del Sol