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A GRAFFITI IN A ROMANTIC SCULPTURE OF THE CATHEDRAL OF SANTIAGO

Santiago de Compostela / A graffiti allusive to the American rock band Kiss appeared today in one of the stone figures of access to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela has worried the civil and religious authorities, for the current moment of restoration and cleaning of the Christian temple.

The damage to the figure does not seem serious and could be eliminated in a matter of hours by laser, according to the director of the Cathedral Foundation, Daniel Lorenzo, entity in charge of preserving that monument.

It is a grafitti done with a blue marker painted around the eyes, on the nose and cheeks of a Romanesque sculpture in marble carved on the front of the door of the Plaza de las Platerías and an inscription with the same color on the chest of the word “Kiss”, allusive to a famous musical group that performed precisely last July at a festival in the Lugo town of Viveiro.

However, it has raised the fear that this type of acts can be repeated when an ambitious program of restoration and cleaning of facades and interiors is carried out with a view to the celebration of the Jacobean year, in 2021.

The authorities are reviewing the surrounding cameras of that enclave of the historic center of the Galician capital and have asked for citizen collaboration to try to identify and find indications of the author or authors of those painted in the cathedral, before which these days of crowding queues of hundreds of visitors and pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago to access its interior.

The mayor of Santiago de Compostela, Martiño Noriega, lamented that vandalism by highlighting that this cathedral, consecrated more than eight centuries ago, is part of the list of Unesco World Heritage.

“If they attack our heritage, they attack us all,” the councilor of the Galician capital underlined in an act accompanied by the Regional Minister for Culture of the Xunta de Galicia, Román Rodríguez, and the director of the Cathedral Foundation, Daniel Lorenzo, the entity in charge to preserve that monument.

The representative of the regional government has advocated to “apply with full force” the sanctions provided for in the Heritage Law, which establishes fines of 6,000 to 150,000 euros for this type of aggression, considering that it is a “real cultural attack”.

The aforementioned program, at a cost of some 20 million euros, of which 17 million have been contributed by the central government and another 3 million by the private Barrié Foundation, has allowed to redo the roofs, rehabilitate the facade of the Plaza del Obradoiro and recover part of the colors of the Portico de la Gloria, one of the main Romanesque treasures of that Christian temple, the work of maestro Mateo. (August 7, 2018, EFE/PracticaEspañol)

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El texto trata sobre...
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el grafiti en la catedral de Santiago de Compostela.
B
las multas que se aplicarán por la realización del grafiti en la catedral de Santiago de Compostela.
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la búsqueda de los autores del grafiti en la catedral de Santiago de Compostela.
Question 2
Un sinónimo de "alusiva" en el texto es...
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ambas.
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referido.
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referente.
Question 3
Existe miedo de que estos actos puedan volver a ocurrir.
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Verdadero.
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Falso.
C
No se cita.
Question 4
Un sinónimo de "enclave" en el texto sería...
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ubicación.
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ambas.
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terreno.
Question 5
La catedral de Santiago de Compostela ha sido restaurada.
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Verdadero.
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No se cita.
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Falso.
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Según el vídeo, el titular de cultura ha calificado el acto como....
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ambas.
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un atentado cultural.
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una barbaridad.
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Según el vídeo, la reparación...
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supondrá un sobrecoste.
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no supondrá un coste.
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supondrá un coste mínimo.
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