Spanish castle restoration criticised

Repair of Matrera Castle in Spain causes outrage
Matrera Castle in Cádiz, southern Spain, is the latest Spanish historical artwork whose repair is causing outrage. For more than a thousand years, the battlements have withstood the onslaughts of Moors and Christians, nature and the weather. Now, though, the two-metre-thick walls have become encased in concrete.
The newly completed restoration was intended to stop the ruins from falling after rains severely damaged them three years ago. New materials protect the stones and return the castle to its original shape and dimensions. But the result has provoked reactions of astonishment from conservationists and locals in the nearby town of Villamartín.
“They’ve got builders in rather than restorers and, like we say round here, they’ve cocked it up,” one resident told Spain’s La Sexta channel.
Hispania Nostra, a heritage and conservation group, commented: “The ‘consolidation and restoration’ – as the architects involved call it – [is] truly lamentable and has left locals and foreigners deeply shocked.”
Online, some compared the repairs to recent disastrous restoration projects in Spain like the horrifically botched attempt of an elderly woman to undo the ravages of time on Ecce Homo, a 19th century fresco of Christ.
The Guardian


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