Roberto Ruiz Oliva I Granada, (EFE) million to different improvement works, of which 1.5 million come from European funds.
The director of the public trust that manages what has historically been the most visited monument in Spain, Rocío Díaz, has told EFE that Andalusia would not be understood without its immense artistic, cultural and historical heritage, where the Alhambra “has a lot to say”. .
“Let’s not forget that the monumental complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife is one of the main economic engines of the city where it is located, Granada, and of Andalusia”, highlighted Díaz, who has detailed that, for this, throughout 2022 vital projects for its conservation were carried out.
Among them are the restorations of the west and south portals of the Carlos V Palace, with an investment of more than 800,000 euros; that of the Puerta del Arrabal bastion, currently under construction and with an investment of 664,485 euros; or the beginning of the drafting of the consolidation project for the bathroom of Hernando de Zafra.
Throughout 2022, steps were also taken to address, for example, a “priority” issue for the Alhambra Board of Trustees to stop the advance of the Tajo de San Pedro, located on the hill on which the Alhambra rests.
Opening of the Maristan
To this end, a specific technical commission was created in 2021, which included expert geologists, architects, engineers, seismologists and landscapers and which, after a series of work meetings, agreed on the measures to be carried out in the short and medium term, after its approval by the Technical Commission of the Alhambra.
Among the most outstanding actions are also the rehabilitation of Carmen de Peñapartida, which will house a new museum space for the Alhambra, as well as the completion of works in high demand by Granada and its neighbors such as those of the Maristán, with an investment of 1.3 million euros and already open to public visits as part of the Dobla de Oro cultural itinerary since last January.
“Its recovery reinforces the Alhambra’s commitment to the Granada neighborhood of Albaicín and was a historic demand from Granada and one of the commitments of the president, Juanma Moreno, after decades of neglect and breaches by previous executives,” Díaz said. .
In 2022 work also continued on the Jardín de la Alamedilla, where remains of an unknown palatine structure appeared, to advance both archaeological and historical research.
Likewise, the Technical Commission of the Alhambra approved to continue with the archaeological works that will allow to know the chronology of construction of the building and its relationship with the bathroom of the Mosque.
International benchmark in wealth management
These works, which must first go through the Heritage Commission, will focus on completing the analysis of the excavated structures that, up to now, have documented the existence of remains belonging to a large building that could have had a surface area of about 440 square meters. , articulated around the pool discovered in 1950, in the period in which Francisco Prieto Moreno was conservative architect of the Alhambra.
In 2023, Díaz has advanced, work will continue so that the Alhambra continues to be an international benchmark in terms of heritage management, “a mirror where other countries and other monuments look at each other”, he indicated.
“We must not forget that one of our priorities is the conservation and restoration work that is carried out daily in the monument, which in heritage language is called preventive conservation, which is carried out by the workshops of the Board of Trustees itself,” he stressed. EFE