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The Master Plan of the Despeñaperros Fort is now ready to recover and musealize the fortress (12/01/2020)

The Despeñaperros Fort will be the subject of various actions that will allow its accesses to be adapted and its structures consolidated.

This is indicated by the Master Plan that has been prepared by the Historical-Artistic Heritage team of the City Council of Cartagena.

This is a document in which the Consistory has been working after assuming, last year, the drafting of the project that will indicate the steps to follow in the reform of this construction of the second half of the nineteenth century, which crowns one of the five hills that determine the topography of the old town.

The Master Plan, written by the architects José Amorós and Alberto Amorós, contemplates four phases of work, which will conclude with a plan for musealization of the military fortress, which constitutes the last part of the project.

Cartagena City Council is currently working on the adaptation of access to the site, as well as the study, cleaning and consolidation of the best preserved structures and canvases.

As explained by the mayor, Ana Belén Castejón, “it is essential to clean this fortification, which is already being worked on, as well as avoid the nesting of seagulls that find a suitable place on this hill given the amount of small holes that determines the rock formation itself. ”

The previous works will allow removing those small constructions or additions that distort the physiognomy of the original work.

The orographic complexity of the area adds to the escape of its architecture, with imposing masonry walls in which it will be necessary to act with specialized teams in vertical works, since some areas present special difficulty for the placement of scaffolding and the use of machinery heavy

In addition, different possibilities are being studied to carry out the replacement of those significant elements of the architecture of the fortress that have been lost over time, such as the perimeter cord (ornamental element that surrounds the building), the merlons and the gunboats, but always revaluing the original elements.

For this first phase of work, the Cartagena City Council has an initial budget of 80,000 euros and with the collaboration of the team of architects responsible for the Master Plan, which is working closely with the AFORCA association in order to combine synergies.

"We want to make the best possible intervention for the conservation of this fortress located in the university area," said Ana Belén Castejón.

Thus, both the Cartagena Consistory and AFORCA remain in permanent contact with the Historical Heritage Service of the Autonomous Community, belonging to the General Directorate of Cultural Property.

The Despeñaperros Fort is located very close to the old Barracks of Antiguones, which currently houses the School of Telecommunications Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), and a short distance from the east entrance of the city.

Thus, next to the old isthmus, it protected Cartagena from its eastern side.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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