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By Secretaría de Cultura 

As part of the supervision visits to the works being carried out on the heritage damaged by the 2017 earthquakes, the Secretary of Culture of the Government of Mexico, Alejandra Frausto Guerrero, was at the Temple of Our Lady this Tuesday, October 3, 2023. de la Merced and in the Parish of Santa Ana in Oaxaca.

In a dialogue with the communities, companies in charge of reconstruction, as well as restoration specialists, in the company of the governor of Oaxaca, Salomon Jara Cruz, the person in charge of the country’s cultural policy reported that the work being carried out will be carried out in time and form, to be able to bequeath to new generations these movable and immovable assets that are part of their heritage.

“We have to make it clear that we are going to bequeath this heritage and it will be what the following generations know, just as we knew it. You have to make the best intervention, that’s why the experts took so long, because it is a building that has so much history, so many interventions over time… Everything built in Oaxaca has deep roots in pre-Hispanic times, many times, and it is a sacred site. “We have to take care of it as such and we are going to recover it.”

He recalled that the president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has in mind the commitment to conclude the restoration of cultural heritage throughout the country, where this year 926 properties located in eight entities are being attended to; In Oaxaca there are 302 properties.

Likewise, he reported that the work being carried out is in the hands of specialists, who have dedicated time to studying the appropriate procedures to recover each property and, at the end of the works, a document will be delivered to the ecclesiastical authorities, the community, municipal, state and federal governments where you can learn about the appropriate processes to provide preventive maintenance to each enclosure, as well as to altarpieces, sculptures and paintings that protect and prevent a new earthquake from leaving damage as happened in 2017.

In the Temple of Our Lady of Mercy he commented: “This temple has to be stable, it will have to be restored and we are going to deliver it in a timely manner to the community… The president is present with the commitment, with the resource , with the task he gave us to conclude in the best way.”

In Santa Ana Zegache, he recognized the local effort to train in the restoration processes of their heritage, and called for transmitting that knowledge to new generations. “It is unique in the country that you have here within your knowledge, your hands, your pride of identity, knowing how to repair and maintain this treasure.” And he added: “We know that we live in a seismic zone, we have to be prepared. We are going to do a very responsible job so that the same hands here intervene and that Santa Ana Zegache shines again as it should, that is our commitment.”

In turn, the governor of Oaxaca, Salomon Jara Cruz, thanked the federal government for its support, headed by the president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, to attend to the cultural heritage of the entity. “We are working in a coordinated manner to restore the cultural and architectural heritage of our state.”

During the tour, the general director of Cultural Heritage Sites and Monuments, Arturo Balandrano Campos, was present on behalf of the federal Ministry of Culture; the general director of Social Communication, Manuel Zepeda Mata; from the government of Oaxaca, the Secretary of Culture, Victor Cata; as well as representatives of the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Oaxaca, among other authorities.

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