The Adolfo Suárez y la Transición Museum opens to the public in Cebreros (Ávila). After more than two years of work and an investment of 2.3 million euros, on Friday June 12, 2009, the Museum opens its doors to the public in the remodeled Iglesia de San Francisco, better known as Iglesia Vieja, de Cebreros (Ávila), town where the former Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez was born on September 25, 1932.
This project promoted by the City Council, aims to be a tribute to who was President of the Government between 1976 and 1981, as well as a reminder of that fundamental period in the history of Spain.
Around 3,000 residents of Cebreros visited the museum during the open days held between April 30 and May 5. According to those in charge, the Adolfo Suárez y la Transición Museum aims & nbsp; “to become a national reference for the study and enjoyment of this stage in the history of Spain, as recognized by the different personalities that have made it visited, including the president of the Board, Juan Vicente Herrera “.
The Adolfo Suárez y la Transición Museum is a center for the conservation, study and dissemination of a key moment in the most recent history of Spain, as well as a place that will become a testimony for future generations. From an exhibition point of view, this 1,000 square meter container has & nbsp; five modules or thematic blocks that review the history of Spain, arranged chronologically:
– from the loss of the Spanish colonies to the death of Franco;
– from the coronation of the King to the first elections;
– from the first elected Government to the Constitution;
– from the first constitutional elections to the consolidation of the democratic process.
– In the final part of the route, in the noblest area of the old church, there is a place called & nbsp; “Suárez, the man” , in which figures such as Marcelino Camacho, José María Aznar, Manuel Fraga and Santiago Carrillo, review in a video personal and political aspects of Suárez.
The Adolfo Suárez y la Transición & nbsp; Museum in Cebreros (Ávila) remains open 40 hours a week, so it can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday. It is designed for a visit of about an hour and a half.
Although a good part of the museum is impregnated with the spirit of who was president of the Government between 1976 and 1981, the protagonists of the access patio to the interior of the building are the parents of the Constitution: Manuel Fraga; Miguel Herrero and Rodríguez de Miñón; Gregorio Peces Barba; José Pedro Pérez Llorca; Miquel Roca; Jordi Solé Tura and Gabriel Cisneros. All have a bust made by the sculptor from Avila, Santiago de Santiago.
The visitor discovers writings interspersed between the busts several articles of the Magna Carta: & nbsp; ‘The King is the head of the State and symbol of his unity and permanence’ , is one of the many that can be read. & nbsp; Precisely the bust of the Monarch appears in the initial part of the interior route, after the one at the entrance of the Museum with the image of Adolfo Suárez, the most illustrious man from Cebrera. & nbsp; ‘The task, today as yesterday , it is still called Spain. The illusion, as always, is to make it dignified in its national sense, economically prosperous, socially fair and habitable with honor for all. Let’s try it together ‘, is the text that welcomes the visitor and that corresponds to Suárez’s first message to the Spanish people in July 1976.
This center for the conservation, study and dissemination of a key moment in the most recent history of Spain, is aimed at all types of public. To facilitate your tour and understanding, it includes fifteen audiovisuals, twenty-eight screens, a projection room, seven booths for a transverse module, five sound spaces, 350 photographs, models and panels, among other informational elements. Among the curiosities, there are booths in which emblematic songs of the Transition are heard such as & nbsp; ‘Freedom without anger’ , by Jarcha, or & nbsp; ‘Speak people, speak’ , of Red Wine, and even a Seat 600.
The videos review key moments such as the coup on February 23, the inauguration of Adolfo Suárez, the burial of Franco or the proclamation of the King, among others. The last audiovisual is dedicated to the figure of the former president of the Government, in which figures such as Rodolfo Martín Villa, Marcelino Camacho, Santiago Carrillo, Manuel Fraga and José María Aznar, review aspects of this fundamental figure of the Transition.
The visitor can see an original seat of the time, given by the president of the Court of Accounts, Manuel Núñez, along with four other reproductions.
Likewise, the evolution of the ballot boxes and voting booths is reviewed, a map that recalls the transformation of autonomous Spain and a display case in which you can see some reproductions of the decorations received by Suárez, including the Golden Fleece.