Spanish Castle Restoration

BBC News Report 2016

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SPANISH CASTLE RESTORATION, A MOCKERY?

Matrera castle in Cádiz, southern Spain was built in the ninth century. It has recently been restored by local builders to prevent it collapsing. The castle is viewed highly by local residents and they want to preserve the historical beauty of the castle. The ‘restoration’, in the eyes of many, has definitely not done that. It has been slammed by many as a ‘wreck’. Historians are furious about the restoration of the much treasured castle.

The once beautiful building had part of it falling down, so it was time for a restoration, but bosses decided to hire a local building firm rather than archaeological experts to do the job. The finished product ended up being far from the original.

The newly-restored castle doesn’t represent the historical value of the castle to the locals and there is uproar towards the builders that did the work.

Should we restore historical buildings or does it ruin them? That is the question I am asking. It can help to keep the buildings standing and it can keep them in good condition, but also, after the restoration, they can be left looking completely different and they can no longer mean the same to the people in the communities they are in.

Iwan
BBC News School Report 2016

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