Taking care of quarries and caves

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© Gernot Keller, Wikipedia

A GROUP of Almeria architects will prepare reports on action to be taken on protecting historic city sites.

The ‘Arquitectos por el Patrimonio’ project includes the Canteras Califales quarries in the city’s oldest neighbourhood, La Chanca. These provided the stone used in the 10th and 11th centuries to build the Alcazaba and were worked on until the 19th century. They were rediscovered five years ago and it is now hoped to have them declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC).

Cueva de la Campsa is a more modern interest. This artificial cave that goes back to medieval times was used in the Thirties as a fuel dump during the Civil War. This was necessary after the deposit at the docks was destroyed when Almeria was bombarded from the sea in retaliation for the sinking of a German battle cruiser by Republican forces. These are only two of the many sites cited in an agreement to protect Almeria province’s cultural and architectural heritage.

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