On the big side?
Difficult to lose?
You’d think so wouldn’t you?
Well had you visited here in 1986 you’d have seen nowt but a handful of Spanish worker dudes with pickaxes and shovels knocking down a tatty old palace that had belonged to Countess Peralta..(maybe she was down-sizing, an empty-nester? Who knows)… Anyway, plans were afoot to build a regional craft centre, (Spain really needs regional craft centres you know?) and the flattened grounds were earmarked as the site.
Now how, in all that’s holy, did what you see here get buried in the first place I’ve no idea, but, buried it got….Luckily one of the pickaxe dudes, lets call him Paco, kicked a brick and thought to himself “Ole, that looks like a brick from an ancient Roman Theatre”, (obviously I’m extrapolating from the facts a little), “I think I’ll finish my chorizo sandwich and dig a little deeper, Ole”…(The “Ole’s” are just for colour….. Paco doesn’t really talk like that)….
Anyway to cut a long story short, in 1988 Paco’s thoughts were confirmed and clever dudes with degrees turned up, gave poor old Paco the boot, and started digging instead…..
This is the result of the spadework!!
If anyone can explain to me how summat that stands so far above ground could have been buried I would love to know…I stood at the bottom and ended up cricking my bloody neck trying to see the top…….Bonkers!
A few hundred yards away is the Colosseum you can see here.
Thankfully, they managed not to lose this, (maybe its a bloodsports versus thespianism thing , killing stuff seems inordinately popular even now), but even if they have managed to keep track of it’s whereabouts, I do think a bit of a kick up the bottom is in order when it comes to restoring it.
There’ll be more from Cartagena in forthcoming posts so do come back..
Give the shots a click they look so much better in a crispy new window..Thanks for popping in.
All Images copyright Stuart Allan Hyde.