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The Valencian Sistine Chapel

The Valencian Sistine Chapel

Following three years of restoration, the Church of Patriarch’s more than 2,500 square meters of frescoes, created by the Genovese artist Bartolomé Matarana between the 16th- and 17th-centuries, have been restored to their full glory. 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Saint Juan de Ribera, an intellectual, monk and founder of Corpus Christi College Seminary and Valencia is to celebrate the “Year of the Patriarch” with a broad agenda of activities, including a religious music conference in June and half a dozen concerts scheduled to take place throughout the year. Known as the “Valencian Sistine Chapel”, this masterpiece is considered one of the most important architectural monuments in Spain.