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Buildings 2018, 8(2), 26;

The Centelles’ Palace of Oliva: The Recovery of Architectural Heritage through Its Plundering

Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Design, Universitat Jaume I, Avda. Sos Baynat s/n, 12071 Castellón de la Plana, Spain
Received: 10 December 2017 / Revised: 28 January 2018 / Accepted: 29 January 2018 / Published: 6 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Built Heritage: Conservation vs. Emergencies)
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At the beginning of the 20th century, the Danish architects Egil Fischer and Vilhelm Lauritzen carried out a rigorous graphic documentary study of one of the most important late-Gothic—Renaissance palaces in the Kingdom of Valencia, the Centelles’ Palace of Oliva, with the aim of later taking many of its architectural elements to Denmark. After numerous complaints, the Palace was declared a National Monument in 1920 and the exportation of its pieces was suspended. In 1932, due to heavy rain, a part of the Palace collapsed. The Spanish Civil War increased the deterioration of the Palace, and after some attempts to retrieve it, the remains of the Palace were demolished in the 1950s, and all traces of this large building disappeared with them. Thanks to the graphic documentation carried out by Danish architects, today we are able to know and study this Palace of great cultural and patrimonial interest, which has now almost completely disappeared. The work carried out by these architects, far from destroying the Palace, has helped to preserve it through this graphic legacy which allows us to carry out a highly detailed graphical restoration of many of its elements, as well as a hypothetical physical restitution of them. View Full-Text
Keywords: Centelles’ Palace; late-Gothic-Renaissance; graphic legacy; graphical restoration Centelles’ Palace; late-Gothic-Renaissance; graphic legacy; graphical restoration

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