Tumbledown convent spat

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Tumbledown convent spat
CAMPELLO MONUMENT: Privately owned and at risk of collapse Photo credit: listarojapatrimonio.org

CAMPELLO town hall is unlikely to get back the €80,000 it spent on shoring up the Convent dels Frares Mercedaris.

The abandoned Mercedarian Friars convent is privately owned, but in 2019 the town hall paid out this amount to prevent the 400-year-old building from collapsing.

Responding to Esquerra Unida (EU) councillor, Pedro Mario Pardo, at the last plenary council meeting, Campello’s mayor Juanjo Berenguer explained that the Heritage department, which he also heads, wants to locate the owners of the convent.

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“But there is no way of finding them,” Berenguer admitted.

The mayor also said that the issue was “very complex” as the building has multiple owners, owing to Spain’s inheritance laws.

“From what I’ve been told, we are not going to locate them,” he told Pardo, adding that the town hall departments involved could not pursue the owners “because we do not know them.”


The EU councillor maintained that the town hall was obliged to comply with the edict reclaiming the money that was issued at the time of the repairs.

“If nothing is done, EU will go to the regional government’s Culture department, without ruling out other legal steps,” Pardo warned.


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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