Posted on 2014-02-11
Published on 11/02/2014
THE REFUGE FROM THE CIVIL WAR AND ITS ISLAMIC REMAINS THREATEN THE MARKET CONSTRUCTION.
The mayor of Elche, Mercedes Alonso, announced yesterday that both the Islamic construction as the refuge of the Civil War, located on the square of the Fruits, between the Central Market and City Hall space will be preserved whatever happens.
The archaeological excavation work being carried out, as a precursor to a possible demolition of the current Central Market to raise a new one with a different philosophy and also involving an underground car park, brought to light a few weeks ago the_ Islamic walls-already discovered years ago as well as the entrance to a bomb shelter.
The Mayor, the Town Planning, Vicente Granero and the Culture Coordinator, Pablo Ruz, among others, visited yesterday the underground shelter, and at his departure was announced that the City will keep both buildings so they can be another point of tourist attractions of the city.
Alonso was clear in stating that the priority for the government team are both elements, which could mean that the new Central Market, and of course its car park could not be built and therefore the project to regenerate this part of central city would come to nothing.
"This is the story of Elche" Alonso said, adding that "the priority is to maintain this and which can be visited, as it happens in other cities."
Thus, the first local authority expressed its interest in seeing this area in the future becoming a point for tourist attraction and that the visitors can even go into this gallery. He even already advanced the possibility of accommodating exhibitions.
Alonso insisted that regardless the final report of the archaeologists on this location, the City "wants to keep the shelter." "What can be compatible? Right. What cannot be done? (referring to the new market). Feeling. The history of Elche stands above, "said the mayor.
However, the technicians said yesterday that could be possible for the market to rise on current remains found in such a way that would be compatible visiting them and undertaking the work. They indicated that there are architectural solutions, as it has also happened in the city of Alicante or Cartagena. A further issue is to what extent the underground parking area could be built in.
And a recall that without underground parking would not make much sense to undertake the new market, so if both Islamic building and the shelter are compromised by the works, the whole project would vanish.
Source: Diario Information