The Official Gazette of Galicia has published this Wednesday the beginning of the procedures to declare Ben of Cultural Interest (BIC) the library of Emilia Pardo Bazán. Composed of 10,885 volumes, 2,972 are found in the Pazo de Meirás (Sada, A Coruña), the historic property whose property passed to Franco at the end of the Civil War and on which the Justice has just ruled that it belongs to the State and not to the family of the fascist dictator. The other books of the writer are at the headquarters of the Real Academia Galega in A Coruña.
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According to the Ministry of Culture and Education, the step made official today will involve the “immediate protection” of the legacy. This must be registered in a preventive manner in the Register of Benes de Interrese Cultural de Galicia and this is communicated to the State. The file now open has to be resolved within 24 months. The first of them will be a period of public exposure and will be open to allegations.
Regarding this procedure, the Department of Education emphasizes that the library of Emilia Pardo Bazán “has the characteristics of the bibliographic heritage and a singular character due to the figure to which it is linked”. It also specifies that “its currently dispersed nature and its aforementioned characteristics also advise the application of the protection regime established for assets of cultural interest,” according to Europa Press.