The Dénia castle tunnel recovers its origins as an air raid shelter

14 December 2022 - 14: 58

The Municipal Archive of Dénia has inaugurated today, December 14, the new signage in the tunnel of the castle to disseminate the history of the refuge since its construction during the Spanish civil war. The event was attended by the mayor of Dénia, Vicent Grimalt, the Councilor for Culture, Raúl García de la Reina, and the regional secretary for Cooperation and Democratic Quality, Toñi Serna Serrano.

The aim sought with the musealization of the tunnel is to publicize the origin of the construction between 1937 and 1938 to shelter the population from the bombings. It is intended to disseminate among the population and visitors, with special emphasis on young people, the symbolism of this Dianense place.

tunnel past

The installation consists of six information panels written in Valencian, Spanish and English, documented and illustrated with photographs and documents from the Archive. At the entrance you can read about the 37 air and sea bombardments, which left 32 victims and hundreds injured. In addition, some QRs have been designed to listen to the explanation in the three languages ​​while visiting the refuge. These codes give the possibility of updating the data and are more accessible to the public; reasons that led to its implementation, according to comments from the Archive.

The rest of the posters, located inside the tunnel, talk about the promotion for the construction of the tunnel, the methodology used and the rest of the shelters that existed in the city and in rural areas.

At the same time, the Archive will distribute informative brochures in schools, the social center, the Tourist Office and other municipal institutions for the general public.
The cost of the project has been 7.393 euros, which has been partially financed by the Ministry of Participation, Transparency and Democratic Quality of the Generalitat Valenciana with 6.197 euros.

Enhancement of memory

The mayor highlighted in his speech the "firm" commitment of the municipal government to historical and democratic memory. On historical memory, he has defended that "any society that calls itself democratic cannot afford not to repair injustice, or stop comforting families, or deny victims the reparation they deserve."
For its part, the regional secretariat has congratulated the initiative within a process to "recognize its own history" which, it says, is being undertaken by a whole network of Valencian municipalities. Serna has highlighted the "enhancement of memory", an act that she has described as beautiful and that she finds far from trying to "open wounds". Both the secretariat and the mayor have celebrated the approval of the National Democratic Memory Law, undertaken this year.

The municipal archivist, Rosa Seser, has given context about the construction through first-person witnesses from citizens of Dénia. He has also talked about the later uses that were given to the tunnel, as a banana store, for example. For Seser, it is essential to signpost and disseminate the origins and history of the refuge to the public.

  1. Alfons says:

    We continue with the questions and the twines of the past.
    Sometimes, it is a way of resorting to covering the lack of creativity to forge a better present and future for the following generations.
    It's good to know where we come from, but it wouldn't be very smart to stop there.
    It is recurrent, trying to capture attention using the most intimate memory of ours, digging into the most intimate feelings of people to get, you don't know what.
    On this issue in particular, I feel sorry, sad, because a conflict should never confront and divide brothers, neighbors,... similar people, no matter how many cultural differences they may have. And it should not serve to give life to the worst of our most recent history.
    In war conflicts, there are no winners and losers. The human being is designed to give himself to higher needs, dedication to others, collaborate in creating a just society, educate the young and help our elders; In short, add, never divide. And whether we like it or not, these questions serve to remind us of passages from a time that should not have happened.

    It would be necessary to show the complete story and definitively close wounds for which I doubt very much, the next generations are willing to feed with their effort, to the satisfaction of we don't know who.
    Please, let's evolve towards the whole, and this is in the good of people, in the variety of cultures and traditions and always looking at the human being as a greater good to take care of above any other issue. Made in the image and likeness...

  2. xx says:

    Fijn dat de bewegwijzering in de tunnel is verbeterd. Nu de wegwijzering naar de tunnel zelf nog. Gisteren een rondje om het kasteel gemaakt, maar geen tunnel gevonden..

  3. Hans Joachim Kul says:

    Die Idee ist sehr gut aber warum nicht in deutsch auch. Die meisten Ausländer dif hier fest wohnen sind Deutsche. Aber deutsch wird hier ständig vergessen.
    Wichtig ist here nur valencianisch. In den Sprachschulen wird aber nur spanisch angeboten. Toller Setbice für die touristische Stadt Denia.

    • Luis says:

      If this were Germany, what language would Hans be in? How many foreigners live in Germany and of what different nationalities? In addition to having to take German knowledge tests because otherwise they have to return to their countries of origin even if they are married to Germans. I know several cases.

    • Dani Hernández says:

      Sie haben Recht. Sie sollten die Schilder auch auf Deutsch anbringen. Aber ich sage Ihnen auch bei allem Respekt, dass Ihr Kommentar auf Spanisch sein sollte. Und es ist keine Entschuldigung dafür, nicht zu wissen, wie man eine andere Sprache spricht und schreibt. Es geht um Respekt. Ich kann kein Deutsch, aber um Ihnen das zu sagen, habe ich ein sehr einfaches digitales Werkzeug verwendet. It is heißt Google Übersetzer. Ich hoffe also, wenn Sie sich das nächste Mal über etwas beschweren, werden Sie mit Ihren Beschwerden konsequent bleiben. Buenas tardes.

      • Christian says:

        Hello, ne Llano Christian, I am German but I have been learning Spanish for 3 years. Too bad he lives in Spain and doesn't try to learn the language and things about the culture or the people. Totally agree!

  4. Zhukov says:

    The symbolism is "eternal hatred of fascism and Francoism."

  5. Antonio says:

    "Remember", not "recover"

  6. Aldebaran says:

    I suppose that now they also put and explain in panels the Dianense right-wingers who had to flee the red terror or those murdered by the left at the gates of the city. But it gives me that I can not do it because this law is sectarian, partial memory and that promotes confrontation between grandchildren.

    • Pete says:

      The Francoists always with their determination to put both sides at the same level, ignoring those who broke the law and took the tanks out onto the streets.