The City of Camas has denounced the abandonment of the site of the Carambolo, located in the sevillian town, in several letters sent to the Board of Andalucia, which declared Well of Cultural Interest in 2016. The mayor of the town, Rafael Recio (PSOE), claims both to the ownership of the land as to the Board of Andalusia to activate the plans of conservation of this emblematic space that are bound. “We cannot speak neither of protection nor of dissemination, the Board may not presume absolutely nothing regarding their competence in the specific management of this unique heritage,” explains the mayor.
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The treasure tartésico-phoenician Carambolo, composed by 21 pieces of gold that weighed nearly three pounds, was found during some works on a hill of Beds in 1958. The ground where it was found, that still preserves the remains of four earlier civilizations, from the Chalcolithic to the Protohistory, belongs to the real estate group Gabriel Rojas, who has been in a state of abandonment remarkable, with garbage, debris, stagnant water and smells pestilentes, in addition to not being signposted.
The mayor of the Beds ensures that it has made “numerous requests” to the Board of Andalusia to have a meeting with the objective of evaluating the future of the site, without any success. “The neglect of our approaches has been the only answer and no options to exchange approaches on the future of the BIC, which is still in private hands and in a state of total abandonment,” explains the councilman. The last requests of city is reflected in letters sent in September and November to the department of Culture, which have not received a response. Yesterday, after being questioned by this newspaper, a spokesman of the department said that the mayor of Beds will be received “in not more than ten days.”
the soils of The cerro del Carambolo were acquired by the promoter group Gabriel Rojas in the year 2000, when the Municipality of Beds became in land use tertiary the hill, which until then was qualified as a “landscape of distinction”.
the company's plan was to build a 150-room hotel that would integrate the ruins of the shrine —mainly remnants of foundations, adobe— by means of an interpretation centre. However, the restrictions dictated by the ministry of Culture, this initiative led to that in 2009, the quoted real estate group ofertase the land to the regional Administration to consider truncated your project.
Three years later, in 2012, it transpired that Gabriel Rojas had launched a claim in equity against the Board of Andalusia, on account of the loss resulting from the failure of his project for a hotel, far from the restrictions on planning imposed on the land. In 2013, the Supreme Court resolved the lawsuit brought by the promoter group to ratify the decision of the high Court of Justice of Andalusia, which recognized the right of the company to a “compensation” of 1.55 million euros.
Three years after the Andalusian government protected the site as an asset of Cultural Interest, which gives indications sharp to the owners: “The owners or possessors of property have a duty to conserve them, keep them and guard them in a way that guarantees the safeguarding of its values.” The law also gives the Board of Andalusia the power to “expropriate the territory to its owners” and allow the ministry of Culture “order to the persons owning, rights holders, or simple owners of property enrolled in the General Catalogue of Historical Heritage the execution of works or the adoption of the necessary actions for their conservation, maintenance and custody”.
Disputes as to title
The mayor of Beds, Rafael Recio, recalled that the treasure of the Carambolo, despite having been found in their municipality, belongs to the Sevilla city Council. “We have to bear with resignation in this people the anomaly of the ownership, the fruit of a cacicada of the franco period. Therefore, not only have we failed in the cultural management, but also in the democratization of this legacy.” The Seville city Council has announced that it intends to expose the treasure, which is now in the vault of a bank.Updated Date: 14 January 2020, 02:00