Alicante celebrates 770 years of taking its castle

Alicante celebrates 770 years of taking its castle

Alicante city recalled yesterday with various military and civil acts the 770th anniversary of the capture of the Muslims of the castle of Santa Barbara, by the troops of the then prince Don Alfonso (later Alfonso X El Sabio). Twenty-one salvoes fired with four vintage guns recalled that anniversary in a ceremony in which artillerymen from ten Spanish provinces participated. The event took place between the fortress of Santa Bárbara and the Plaza del Mar, and artillerymen from Cartagena, Murcia, La Coruña, Zaragoza, Valencia, Málaga, Cádiz, Cáceres, Seville, Ceuta and Menorca, along with the air patrol, participated in it. Eagle, among other units, to commemorate the conquest of the castle of Santa Barbara to the Muslims by order of Don Alfonso, which took place on December 4, 1248. Barcala stressed that “Alicante boasts of its castle and Santa Bárbara. It is the most visited monument in the city, not only for its imposing defensive configuration, but also for the magnificent views of the bay of Alicante that we can enjoy, so it is a pleasure to represent all Alicante is this celebration of a historical fact , which has marked the future of our city ». The Mayor also wanted to “thank the effort made in the organization of this act to the Conde de Gazola Association, which brings together former students of the Royal College of Artillery of Segovia, the oldest active military training academy in the world, created in 1764 by Carlos III-, in the figure of its president, Lieutenant General Antonio de la Corte García, and its board of directors, as well as Demetrio Muñoz, military commander of Alicante and head of the Special Operations Command (MOE) of Alicante, our green berets. As well as the Subdelegate of Defense, Juan Bosco for his support before the Ministry and the different military commands ». The acts will culminate today with a solemn Mass in honor of Santa Barbara in the Basilica of Santa Maria, the oldest temple that is preserved in the city, where the choir of the basilica itself and the tenor Pedro Santo Bueno will perform.