Jávea air raid shel­ter to be­come Civil War mu­seum

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Sa­man­tha Kett skett@cb­news.es

A WAR mu­seum is to be set up in an air raid shel­ter found in the cliff face in Jávea's Caleta del Puerto area af­ter nearly two years spent ex­ca­vat­ing it.

The bunker was built in 1938, a year be­fore the end of Spain's Civil War, and once it was no longer needed to pro­tect res­i­dents from bombs, it was re­de­ployed as a fish­er­men's stor­age unit.

The shel­ter had been empty and in dis­use for around 40 years when it was re­dis­cov­ered in March 2016, cov­ered in so many lay­ers of weeds that the coun­cil's ar- chae­ol­ogy and bi­ol­ogy team have only just fin­ished clearing them away.

Parts of the bunker are per­fectly con­served, although other parts were in a poor state un­til re­cently – tun­nels had col­lapsed and the façade was cracked and had to be propped up.

Jávea in­tends to ap­ply for Euro­pean Union re­gional devel­op­ment funds, man­aged by the Va­len­cian gov­ern­ment, to re­store the air raid shel­ter and turn it into a Civil War mu­seum.

Vis­i­tors will en­ter via a sixme­tre gallery which forks into two, and au­dio-vis­ual footage will re­veal the full hor­rors of the wartime bom­bard­ments by Nazi Ger­many's Con­dor le­gion and Fas­cist Italy planes.

Jávea port was a strate­gic tar­get in the Civil War, and in July 1938, the aero­drome on what is now the Avenida del Pla was blown up in an air raid.

Oth­er­wise, Jávea es­caped any other bomb dam­age dur­ing the blood­thirsty con­flict.

The shel­ter in the port area is the only one left stand­ing in Jávea, since the rest – in the Mun­tan­yar dis­trict – were de­mol­ished in the 1980s.

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