Unexpected treasure

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Unexpected treasure
: ZURGENA STATION: Restoration work revealed the loading bay’s original travertine flagstones Photo credit: Zurgena town hall

ZURGENA town hall has begun the second phase of restoring the flooring of the railway station’s loading bay.

The project, included in Andalucia’s Agricultural Employment Promotion Plan (PFEA), originally involved replacing the existing paving, which was very damaged.

As workmen began removing it, they were amazed to discover the original yellow travertine paving stones that were laid when the station was built in 1885.

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“Without a moment’s hesitation, we called in professionals to study the best way of conserving the original flooring,” explained municipal sources in Zurgena.

It was then necessary to discuss the find with Almeria’s provincial council, the Diputacion, and explain why the town hall had decided not to go ahead with the original plan.

“Work has now started and soon we shall have something unique,” the same sources said with pride.


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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