Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, Archpriest of the Basilica, emphasized that the presence of King Juan Carlos, an Honorary Protocanon since 1977, highlights the strong ties between the church of Santa Maria Maggiore and Spain. Cardinal Rylko went on to thank Enel and Endesa Foundation for their work in improving energy efficiency and enhancing the artistic heritage of the Western world’s most ancient church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, referring to this contribution as “a precious gift.”
Also present at the ceremony was Cardinal De Castillo, Rylko’s Spanish predecessor, who was responsible for involving Endesa in this ambitious project, and who expressed his great satisfaction and gratitude. In his speech, Borja Prado, President of Endesa Foundation, thanked Enel Sole for its exemplary professionalism and expressed his hope that these new environmentally friendly lights will illuminate the Basilica and its visitors for many years to come.
The event, pleasantly accompanied by musical performances by the Spanish soprano Ainhoa Arteta and the Choir of the Cappella Liberiana, ended with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque and the opening of the new lighting system, which has been carefully positioned in strategic points to enhance the artistic excellence of the works kept in the Basilica.
The lighting solution consists of a series of adjustable LED spotlights that use the latest-generation technology and have low energy consumption. The new lights have an estimated service life of 50,000 hours.
Once again the light of Enel X is playing a key role in enhancing Italy’s artistic heritage.