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Benidorm digs up its most popular tourist spot

Written by on May 16, 2019

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Article Written & Published in Spanish By: Diario Informacion
Translated by Google from Spanish to English

Benidorm digs up its most popular tourist spot

The city starts in 15 days the works to find the remains of its first fortification, which foresee to raise the pavement of the Castle and will be executed in the middle of summer.

The works, valued at 1.2 million, have a deadline of three months.

With the clock against by a European subsidy – which requires that the work is completed on November 30 – and at the gates of summer, despite being one of the most visited places by tourists.

Benidorm plans to start within a period of 15 days the archaeological intervention in the Castell area to find the remains of its first fortification, built by Admiral Bernat de Sarrià in the year 1325 and that led to the founding of the town that is now Benidorm.

The local government board has awarded the execution of this project to the UTE formed by Orthem and Wenceslao García.

It will be responsible for digging to discover the remains of the old fortress under the pavement of El Castell, investigate and document them; as well as the subsequent consolidation of the whole and the musealization of the whole environment.

The project is valued at 1.2 million and has a subsidy of 500,000 euros from the Feder funds. It will be executed within a period of 3 months and plans to raise all the pavement of the Castle.

Although, yes, in several phases, so that the passage and transit of visitors does not have to be interrupted, but can be compatible with the work.

The councilor of Historical Heritage, Ana Pellicer, whose department has been working for more than a year so that this project can finally see the light, explains that the intervention will be developed in four lines of action.

The first is the cleaning and clearing of the area in which the remains of the wall are located, on the side of Punta Canfali, which coincides with the squares of Castell and Castelar.

The second, and the largest, is the excavation of the Plaça del Castell, where the oldest levels of the defensive set, as recorded in the historical documentation and the archaeological intervention made in 1993.

In third place, archaeological surveys have been planned in the Santa Ana and Castelar squares and in the viewpoint located further south, with the aim of confirming or ruling out the presence of remains of towers and other constructions.

Finally, the last phase of action will focus on the consolidation of the slopes of Punta Canfali.

In addition, and as improvements, the awardee will install lighting throughout the Punta Canfali complex, and also banks, litter bins and lampposts in this area of action, as provided in the contract.

The first record of this fortification goes back to the first Charter of Poblament of Benidorm, granted by Bernat de Sarrià on May 8, 1325, in which it is documented that there was no building in the “Punta de Alfalig” and that the Admiral had ordered to build a castle in that place.

Over the years, it went through many hands and was the focus of piracy. “The archeological exhumations made in 1993 and 2014 predict that the proposed actions will now allow us to locate interesting remains from the historical and heritage point of view, although we do not know what state they are in, since we must not forget that the fortification was destroyed by cannon fire by the British army 200 years ago, during the War of Independence, and that the ruins have been exposed to environmental and human deterioration for more than a century, “recalls Pellicer.

In particular, until 1928, when the then mayor Vicente Llorca Alós promoted its remodeling, burying the entire old structure and giving shape to the current appearance of the Castle.

Intervention in the Roman Castellum del Tossal de La Cala

The governing board has also awarded Urbana de Exteriores, with a budget of 500,000 euros, the archaeological intervention in the Castellum del Tossal of La Cala, which culminates the different excavation campaigns carried out by the UA , with the musealization of the whole environment.

In addition, an expense of 306,000 euros has also been approved to tender for the El Tossal slopes stabilization project, which presents a serious risk of landslides on Luarca Street.


Reader's opinions
  1. alan norman   On   May 16, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    i think they are ruining a beautiful place people just won’t bother walking down to old town now so a lot of trade will be lost

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