Refugio Antiaereo Valencia

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Refugio Antiaereo Valencia
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Martin R
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Fascinating and thought-provoking
May 2017 • Friends
For the Spanish, the Civil War (1936-39) is rather a dark time in the country's history. For outsiders, it is sometimes difficult to grasp exactly what it meant to live through those days. A visit to the Refugio in the centre of Valencia will shed a little light on the dangers and difficulties which it presented.

Valencia became a Republican stronghold during the war - the seat of government was moved there. The Nationalists attempts to conquer Valencia included launching air raids aimed at striking fear into the hearts of the residents. In response, Refugios - underground air-raid shelters - were set up across the city in order to provide some form of protection. Not many survive but the city council in Valencia has recently renovated the Refugio beneath its spectacular city hall in the Plaza de Ayuntamiento and it is now possible to visit (entrance is to the rear of the main building).

There is a short guided tour, after which you can spend some time looking at photographs and videos on display within the Refugio itself. There is also an exhibition (at ground level) which outlines more of the history of the Civil War generally and its impact on Valencia. The video of a survivor telling his story (Spanish only) is quite moving, as are some of the children's drawings on display in the exhibition.

A most informative but solemn experience which should be approached with reflection and dignity. The exhibition is open during normal business hours at the Ayuntamiento but places on the tour of the Refugio itself have to be booked in advance, either at the venue or by telephone 962 081 390 (Tuesday to Friday 10.00-14.00, 15.00-19.00; Saturday 10.00- 14.00). The exhibition and tour are both free.
Written June 1, 2017
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