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The ownership of the works of Sijena

According to the judge, the only owners of the goods returned to the monastery are the nuns of the Order of St. Mary of Sijena, although there is no living

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The ownership of the works of Sijena

The 44 pieces arrived on 11 December to Villanueva de Sijena from Lleida, after years of complaints and judicial comings, do not belong to town hall, nor to its neighbors. These works and or 51 delivered by Catalonia in July 2016, part of so-called Treasury of Sijena, are not from Government of Aragon, although some and ors have litigated until y get back to monastery where y left in 1970. According to Justice, which has cancelled for illegal trading operations between nuns and Generalitat and National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC) of 1982, 1992 and 1994, only owner of se goods is " order of Royal monastery Sijena." It said it in 2015 and it has restated it on November 30 when it established that " owner is reinstated material possession of goods".

How does that translate? The last people who left monastery to Barcelona have died ( last in 2000) and re is none of order he has professed in Huesca. The thirty who live from 1985 in monastery are from Order of Bethlehem and only thing that links m to historic enclosure is a rental. To open it to public (Saturdays from 12.30 to 16 hours) also receive an economic compensation and have ceded old bedrooms so that y can visit, three days in a week, pieces.

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There is only one of sisters in monastery. It is Virginia Calatayud, prioress of Alava Convent of Salinas de Añana who has only been visiting Sijena, but which Vatican recognized as Pontifical Curator of Order in 2016, a position that allows him to cede rights to claim goods to Government of Aragon.

Before that date relations between nuns and administration were not good: In April 2012 judge accused m and sat m on bench next to Generalitat and MNAC for sale of 97 works. They were even declared in default proceedings, something that did not prevent that when sentence was issued, in 2015, y were exonerated and were exempted from paying costs. Nor were y obliged to return 50 million pesetas y had received for works, a value that rises today, according to some experts, to two million euros.

With return of works, se pieces that have been preserved in two public museums, exposed or not, have become private, even if y are always exposed. According to Culture of Aragon, "it is not envisaged to reach an agreement with m for its cession, but being of Cultural interest have to notify if one wants to do something with m". In 1923 monastery was declared a monument and judge understood that everything inside it was protected.

The recent ruling of Provincial court allows Generalitat and MNAC to claim what y paid for works. "If supreme does not give us reason we will claim money, not before", y assure from MNAC. But who will pay for m? The President of Aragon Javier Lambán has assured that case could be paid by his government, although from culture of Aragon nuance that y can not take payment because nuns only gave m powers to litigate, not ownership of works. If in end it pays Aragon, it would be second time that an administration, with public money, will buy works of Sijena.


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