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Restoring an ancient monument is a delicate business. Do you shore up an existing wall, or redo it completely in modern concrete? When the challenge to restore the crumbling Castle of Matrera fell upon the Spanish architect Carlos Quevedo Rojas, he chose the latter. But did he go too far?

Built in the 9th century, the Castle of Matrera, located on Mount Pajarete, in the city of Villamartín, was once part of a large fortress that was surrounded by walls more than 500 meters long. A thousand years of ravaging storms and countless wars between the Muslim and the Christian rulers had decimated practically everything but the defensive walls and a lone tower. Then five years ago, the tower suffered a partial collapse, requiring immediate intervention.

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Before and after. Photo credit: Carquero Arquitectura/Architizer

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