The Monastery of Sant Jeroni de Cotalba is a large-scale monument (14,500 m2 built in a walled area of 64,000 m2) which requires constant preservation, refurbishment and restoration by the owner family and whose primary objective is the comprehensive refurbishment of the monastery.
Since its acquisition by the Trenor family in 1845, after the confiscation of Mendizabal, the monastery has undergone multiple improvements and constant refurbishment and preservation works, without which the monument would not have reached the present day in the optimal preservation conditions in which it can be seen nowadays.
One fact that helps better appreciate and understand the extent of the continuous preservation efforts in the monument is that it is currently one of the few monasteries in all the Valencian Community, affected by the confiscation of Mendizabal, which has never needed to undergo the complete or partial reconstruction of any of its rooms at any time in its history. This is so much so that the original architecture of each room of the monastery can be observed nowadays as it was designed, without any current reconstruction or reinterpretation.
Nowadays the monastery carries out the processing, implementation and development of various architectural comprehensive action plans for the gradual and successive refurbishment of the sectors and rooms of the monastery which require future interventions for their proper preservation.
All refurbishment plans are directed and coordinated by the architect Mr. José Manuel Barrera Puigdollers, tenured professor at the Universidad Politécnica of Valencia, in coordination with the Valencia Regional Government’s Culture Council and Alfauir City Hall.
Some of these plans are currently in the implementation phase and are scheduled to continue being implemented in the years to come, in different phases established by order of priority.
These action plans are the following: