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Javea Council to ask for aid to restore historic bunker

JAVEA Council will ask for European funds to restore the air raid shelter in the port.

The bunker dates back to 1938 and was discovered in March 2016 after masses of undergrowth were cut back from the Caleta del Port bay near La Grava beach.

It was instantly-recognisable as an air raid shelter used by Javea’s people during Nazi Germany’s and Fascist Italy’s air-strikes.

The bunker stretches 30 square metres, divided into two galleries. The outer gallery of approximately 12 square metres, would be renovated to accommodate public visits.

The inner gallery is more deteriorated. The council wants to restore it and turn it into a museum, creating an audio-visual to illustrate the terror of the Civil War.

The shelter is the only public vestige of the Civil War that still stands in Javea as the bunkers on the Muntanyar were demolished in their entirety in the 1980s.

The council will request aid from the initiative launched by the Generalitat Valenciana last November, for the protection and/or recovery of Valencian cultural heritage backed by the ERDF Operational Programme 2014-2020 for Valencian Community.

The total budget for Valencia’s Operational Programme is €1.14 billion, of which the EU has contributed €568 million.

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