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Reuse Of Spanish Civil War Air-raid Shelters In Alicante: The R46 Balmis And R31 Seneca Shelter

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/DSHF160101

Volume

158

Pages

10

Page Range

107 - 116

Published

2016

Size

1,849 kb

Author(s)

A. B. González Avilés, M. I. Pérez Millan, A. L. Rocamora Ruiz

Abstract

More than a hundred public air-raid shelters were constructed beneath Alicante during the Spanish Civil war. Their architectural uniqueness and humanitarian purpose render these shelters a tangible testament to our recent history. The Alicante Municipal Archives hold reports written by technicians who inspected the shelters in the 1940s, which were subsequently included in the Special Plan for public shelters in 1953. Half a century later, in 2003, information on the air-raid shelters was included in another Special Plan aimed at protecting Alicante’s archaeological heritage.

Thanks to the work of the Municipal Heritage Conservation unit (COPHIAM) and the Special Protection Plan for Urban Archaeology (PEPA), the exact or approximate locations were identified for almost 90% of the shelters known to have existed.

This paper describes interventions in two of these architectural spaces using advanced museology techniques. The first concerns air-raid shelter R46, located in the Plaza del Dr. Balmis in the city centre. This was built in 1938, and is rectangular with two entrances. The second is air-raid shelter R31, located in the Plaza Séneca.

Keywords

air-raid shelter, Spanish Civil War, Alicante, architectural heritage