Benidorm leaves visible the most representative archaeological remains of the castle
The square will recover its physiognomy with the central pergola, which will provide lighting throughout the premises
The most important archaeological remains found in the Castell, which show the two constructive moments of the fortress, will be visible through sections of ground and glass railings, while the rest of the square will recover its physiognomy, chaired by the iconic central pergola . This was moved by the mayor, Toni Pérez, during the visit to the Castell, immersed "in the phase of surface work, once the archaeological intervention that has been permanently supervised by the technicians of the Ministry of Culture". A visit in which the Councilors of Historical Heritage and Works, Ana Pellicer and José Ramón González de Zárate, as well as members of the corporation have participated.
As Pérez detailed, with the endorsement of the Department it has been decided to leave a portion of the mother rock of Punta Canfali in view, sections of the outer canvas of the original 14th century wall in Levante and Poniente, the base of the tower this, the second defensive canvas of Poniente del XVI, the well and cistern with the associated trough structure, and the closing wall of the castle towards land. The mayor stressed that "the remains found clarify the history that has lived the castle" emerged from the Charter of Population 1325 and could date three years later "and" lived two other important moments in the mid-sixteenth century and from the XVII ”.
The mayor stressed that with this action, which will be completed at the end of November, "we give visibility to the archaeological remains and use our history to do pedagogy and show in one of the most visited enclaves in the world how Benidorm was born." An enclave that will reopen in December.
On the surface work that has already begun to be executed, Pérez confirmed that “we maintain the balustrade” built at the end of the 20s, “replacing it in the sections that may have been affected by the work, and replacing it with glass in others so that we can observe from the Castell the evolution of the fortification building ”. At this time, the central pergola is being worked on, which will be equipped with lighting systems that will illuminate the entire square, freeing the entire perimeter of the lamppost.
The mayor advanced that in a short time the pavement will begin to be placed, and later the urban furniture and the elements of woodland and gardening will be installed. Meanwhile, work continues "on a fundamental part of the work" that was "the consolidation of Punta Canfali by its face of Levante". These tasks are being carried out by “expert teams” in stabilization and consolidation, and go through the installation of 18-meter bolts.
Finally, the mayor advanced that the samples carried out outside the site indicate that "there may be continuity of other constructions" in the surrounding squares, so that "new phases of intervention and exploration" will be raised either with subsidized funds or directly municipal .