Castle renovations plan on the Costa Blanca 

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ORIHUELA CASTLE: Walls to be ‘consolidated’.  Credit: Wikimedia 


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ORIHUELA is to spend €128,000 to renovate its castle wall. 

The work will start in November once current renovations of the Taifal Tower finish, and is expected to last four months. 

Orihuela Town Council plans to renovate 60 metres of the walls, which are currently in ruins, as part of its ‘Master Plan of the Castle’, although the decision still needs to be ratified by the governing team. This is expected to happen “very soon”, according to Councillor for Historical Heritage, Rafael Almagro. 

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The work on the wall will be done on a stretch between the Taifal Tower and the Seminary. The plan is to “consolidate” the wall, not rebuild it. Where it has disappeared, it will be recorded that it was there. 

Work on the Taifal Tower began last summer. It has needed a helicopter to make 100 trips carrying the materials needed. 

The project for the tower is nearly complete and has cost €84,256, with the Valencian regional government providing €40,000. 

The City Council will also carry out planned archaeological excavation work in the castle after the appearance of human remains – a skull – a few days ago, which were uncovered by the heavy rains of September. 

The discovery was made by a hiker, Rodrigo Terrés, and, Rafael Almagro surmised, could be the remains of one of the soldiers of the Madrid regiment who lost their lives in 1707 after an explosion killed 70 of them. 

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