LANDSCAPE INTERVENTION IN THE VICINITY OF THE MONASTERY OF SAN BENITO DE LÉREZ - PONTEVEDRA-SPAIN
MASTER IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE JUANA DE VEGA
UNIVERSITY OF CORUNNA - UNIVERSITY OF SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
The project focuses on the surroundings of the monastery of San Benito de Lérez located in the city of Pontevedra. The Lérez river is a structuring and generating element of the city. Near the old city there are religious buildings related to the Camino de Santiago. Within this set of buildings, we find the monastery of San Benito de Lérez, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest. The anthropic landscape has been changing over time according to human needs. River banks have been occupied to carry out agricultural activities that today, in many cases, have been abandoned. This situation has caused the spread of invasive plant species.
The main aim of the proposal is to dignify the monastery environment and to recover the agricultural activity. These new urban gardens are destined to neighbours and educational purposes. To do this, the layout of the masonry walls is rescued and the connection of the monastery with the river is strengthened through urban gardens. Finally, a new reception area is created in front of the jetty and at the beginning of the path.
The purpose of the project is to protect and recover the agricultural heritage landscape. The loss of a millenary tradition is a sufficient reason for society to understand, know, value, care for, enjoy and transmit this agricultural heritage to future generations.