The project, valued at just over 200,000 euros, plans to act inside and on the roof of this 16th-century defensive tower
Benidorm requests a grant from the Provincial Council to restore the Torre de Morales, cataloged as BIC
The Benidorm City Council has requested a grant from the Alicante Provincial Council to restore the Torre de Morales based on the project drawn up and approved in June 2019. The Local Government Board (JGL), at the proposal of the Councilor for Historical Heritage, Ana Pellicer, has approved participation in the call for the Provincial Plan for the rehabilitation and enhancement of the municipal historical architectural heritage of towns with less than 75,000 rooms.
Pellicer explained that "according to the rules of the call, the subsidy for a municipality the size of Benidorm could reach up to 70% of the cost of the rehabilitation project, valued at just over 200,000 euros."
The councillor recalled that “Torre de Morales is one of the most important heritage monuments in Benidorm, catalogued as BIC. Hence, the interest of the City Council for several years to intervene in this defensive construction of the sixteenth century and to opt now for this call for aid launched by the Provincial Council of Alicante.
The restoration project approved in 2019, proposes an action both on the surface and inside aimed at making the tower visitable, "thus bringing our historical heritage even closer to the public and making it even more attractive, especially for generations younger".
Located on Villajoyosa Avenue, in a strip that in the 16th century was located next to Camino Real, Morales is, according to the General Directorate of Culture, “a prismatic tower about four meters on a side at the base. It is preserved up to the approximate height of seven meters. Its factory is of masonry of the irregular size taken with mortar that is of cement in the most modern repairs. The corners are reinforced by ashlars of different sizes”.
The tower was also used as a "housing", and "three levels of floors are distributed inside it". Previously these three levels were connected by a spiral staircase. For this reason, the project contemplates the construction of a staircase of this type once the improper elements inside the tower are demolished. Likewise, the project plans to restore the roof, allowing the exit to the outside, replace the wooden carpentry, install electric light inside, and eliminate the lighting sources located on the façade of the tower, replacing them with others located at a suitable distance.
In addition, the action also includes the installation of informative and descriptive panels of the tower, which is currently walled up and closed.
Pellicer has pointed out that "two years ago we acted in the surroundings of the tower, nestled in our urban fabric, to make it more accessible and at the same time facilitate future visits to this BIC".