The City Council finalizes the musealization of the Castle of Castalla, main tourist attraction of the municipality

  • The project includes the conditioning of the cistern and the Medieval Village and has been carried out with 538,189 euros financed 50% with FEDER funds

The Castalla Town Hall is finalising the museumisation of the town’s Castle, one of the main objectives of the government team within its policy of recovering the historical, cultural and tourist heritage. The works in the fortress are in the final phase of a project that has been carried out for an amount of 538,189.40 euros, and which has been financed 50% by the European Union through the Operational Programme of the European Regional Development Fund, better known as ERDF funds. As the Mayor of Castalla, Antonio Bernabeu, explains “the intention is to promote the cultural and historical heritage of our town and make the history of Castalla more accessible to visitors who come to see it”. The Town Hall expects the fortress to open its doors to the public at the end of September, as long as the situation due to the pandemic allows it.

The castle consists of three distinct parts: the Palace, the Courtyard and the Torre Grossa. It is precisely the Palace of the fortification, a symbol of feudal power, that has been the focus of a large part of the work to museum the fortification, which is divided into four areas. Firstly, the creation of a new corporate identity for the entire Castilian heritage complex; secondly, the interior and exterior signposting of the most interesting parts of the building; thirdly, the installation of information panels and, finally, the fitting out of showcases for the exhibition of museum pieces.

In this sense, the Consistory is working so that a set of museum pieces from different historical periods, of great patrimonial value, found in previous excavations in the Castle, can be exhibited. The Councillor for Tourism, Maite Gimeno, explained that “until now they were on display at the Provincial Archaeological Museum of Alicante (MARQ), from which we have requested a temporary loan”.

In particular, visitors will be able to see through the glass medieval Islamic pieces, a first series coming from the Umayyad Caliphate and dating back to the 10th century. Also objects in the Almohad style from the second half of the 12th century and utensils from the Middle Ages belonging to the 14th and 15th centuries. In addition, as the mayor has stated, “we have reached an agreement with the Madre de Dios de la Asunción parish to exhibit some pieces from the Muslim period that were previously stored in the church”.

These actions are completed with the improvements made to the architectural complex, such as the creation of a Tourist Interpretation Centre, the consolidation of the structures and archaeological remains and improvements in the accessibility to the square, for which two recreational areas have been extended. For the head of Tourism, “with the musealization of the Castle we will provide coherence and content to the fortification, which has unique characteristics in the province of Alicante, and further enhance the tourist attraction of Castalla.

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