Restoring Javea’s past

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Restoring Javea's past
GRANADELLA’S CASTELL: Deliberately destroyed in 1812, probably by the British Photo credit: Javea town hall

JAVEA town hall has drawn up plans to restore the ruined castle above the Granadella beach.

The Castell is the only publicly-owned structure that remains of Javea’s centuries’ old coastal defences and Evaristo Torres Perea, the architect who has designed the restoration, also intends to recover the adjoining water cistern, as well as strengthening what is left of the fortress.

The Castell was built in 1739 and a study of the remains suggest that it was deliberately blown up in 1812. This was possibly carried out by Spain’s British allies during the Napoleonic wars to prevent the fortification from falling into French hands.

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The project will cost an estimated €281,582, a sum influenced by the Castell’s inaccessibility and the cost of transporting equipment and building materials to the top of Granadella.


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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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