The fortress of El Castillo de Matrera in the city of Cadiz in southwestern Spain, built in the 9th century and declared a national monument in 1949, has suffered a scandalous restoration these days, tell the media in a note entitled “This is what happens when Spain restores an ancient castle” .
It clarifies that in recent years, the castle belonged to private owners, who decided to breathe new life into it. “They hired builders instead of restorers, and they destroyed the building,” a local resident told a Spanish TV station.
The castle was built in the 9th century by Christian leader Umar ibn Hafsun (at the baptism of Samuel), who played a prominent role in the anti-Arab struggle in the Cordoba emirate. Later, the fortress still fell into the hands of the Moors, until in the middle of the XIV century they were not driven away by King Alfonso XI of Castile.
“No words are needed, just look at the photos,” commented on the restoration in the organization Hispanianostra, which is carrying out campaigns to preserve the cultural heritage of Spain and all castles of Spain.
Meanwhile, the architect who stands behind this project protects his child. He assured that the purpose of the restoration was not to destroy the ancient ruins, but to show how the structure looked in the original.
Recall a few years ago in Spain, a scandal erupted with the restoration of the frescoes with Jesus.