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Restoration of the Torrenueva watchtower begins

  • After completing the restoration of the Calaburras tower, work has moved on to this location on the Mijas coast

This watchtower stands in Torrenueva, dating from the middle of the 16th century |

This watchtower stands in Torrenueva, dating from the middle of the 16th century |

The restoration of this tower is scheduled for completion at the end of January |

Mijas Town Hall and the central government are co-financing the work, which has a total investment of 195,000 euros |

Mijas Town Hall and the central government are co-financing the work, which has a total investment of 195,000 euros |

Mijas Town Hall and the central government are co-financing the work, which has a total investment of 195,000 euros |

The Mijas Town Hall and the Central Government are co-financing the work, which has a total investment of 195,000 euros

The Torrenueva watchtower has stood next to the sea since the mid-16th century. Three centuries later it ceased to carry out the defensive role of warning of the presence of enemy ships. It was then that these constructions, a symbol of Spanish history, fell into oblivion, deteriorated and some even disappeared. Today, once again, they are being rebuilt. The Ministry for Transport and Mobility, together with Mijas Town Hall, are in charge of their conservation. "From the area for Historical Heritage, what we are doing is to give value to all our heritage, our history, so that it can be known and visited, obviously from the outside, for security reasons; I believe that from the Mijas Town Hall it is very important that all possible measures are put in place, both human and economic, so that our children learn and know the history of our municipality", said the councillor in charge, this Tuesday from the foot of the tower".
It was in the second half of September when the restoration of its sister tower, the Calaburras tower, began. Now that its restoration has been completed, the work has moved on to this one in Torrenueva. Both projects have a total budget of 195,000 euros. "We applied for this cultural subsidy from the Ministry for Transport and Mobility with the intention of enhancing the value of these two towers, as they are in an emblematic location, with the coast in front and with extraordinary views", said the councillor.

Three towers 
On the coast of Mijas, we are still lucky enough to be able to trace the defensive line formed by the watchtowers. The towers of Calahonda, Torrenueva and Calaburras are still standing. The head of the Mijas Historical Heritage Department, Juan José de la Rubia, reminds us of the characteristics of these constructions and their original function. "They were towers in the shape of a tapered cone, about 12 metres high and had their access at a height of about 6 metres so that in the event of a pirate raid they could not get in; originally, they were used to communicate from tower to tower when pirates were sighted and so that the troops could come to their aid".
The restoration of this tower is expected to be completed by the end of January. Then, according to Historical Heritage, its visit will form part of the educational programme that brings schoolchildren to these cultural sites of interest.
The restoration of this tower is expected to be completed by the end of January. Then, according to ‘Patrimonio Histórico’ (Department for Historical Heritage), its visit will form part of the educational programme that brings schoolchildren to these points of cultural interest.
 

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