The Town Hall of Oliva, composed of Compromís and PSPV parties, continues with its purpose of recovering the historical heritage to open it to the public and attract tourism. Its next project is the restoration of the Tower of the Wall, a 16th-century building that was erected by the Centelles family.
The intention of the Town Hall is to buy the fortification and join it to the list of historical properties of public ownership. In this way, they will make it open for visits and turn it into another tourist attraction. The tower is owned by two people from the same family and negotiations for its sale have already begun.
The Councillor for Heritage, Julio Llorca, says that the operation will be carried out “almost certainly”, although the government still have to specify how it will pay to the owners. “There are several options that will be offered to the owners of the tower, such as making a swap with some other property or land of Oliva or according a price and paying it.” It is also contemplated to combine both forms of payment.
Llorca said that this tower “is one of the many historical elements of the city. It is part of the extension of the wall that was carried out in the sixteenth century to protect the town from any kind of attack.” Francesc Gilabert de Centelles, the first count of Oliva, ordered its construction, although the jobs were terminated under the supervision of his son, Sefarí de Centelles.
This tower has also been used as house along the centuries. In addition, its walls have been used to attach houses and this has guaranteed their conservation despite the passage of time. Llorca also assured that the Tower of the Wall is the only visible part of the entire defensive framework of the Olive of the 16th century. The fortification is located in the historic centre, at the crossroads of Abadía and Sant Cristòfol streets.