Albufeira promotes commented visit and pedypaper to discover Paderne Castle

To celebrate the International Day of Monuments and Sites

A pedypaper and a visit to the recent conservation and restoration works at Paderne Castle are the way for the Municipality of Albufeira to celebrate, tomorrow and Saturday, the 18th and 20th of April, the International Day of Monuments and Sites, with a dedicated program to “Catastrophes and conflicts in the light of the Venice Charter”.

Tomorrow, the 18th, from 10am to 00pm, the Municipality will carry out the “Discover the Castle” activity. This is an interactive action that promises to reveal the historical and architectural secrets of Paderne Castle, “an ex-libris of Albufeira, a property of public interest that is part of our identity”, highlights the president of Albufeira City Council.

The activity includes the creation of a pedy-paper that promises to challenge participants and provide an enriching experience.

On April 20th, at 10:30 am, a visit to the most recent conservation and restoration works at Paderne Castle is scheduled, led by Archaeologist Luís Campos Paulo and Conservator-Restorer Pedro Gago.

The works were carried out under a Cooperation Protocol between Albufeira City Council and DRCAlg – Algarve Regional Directorate of Culture, with funding from CRESC Algarve 2020 – Algarve Regional Operational Program.

The restoration intervention involved, firstly, strengthening the Albarrã Tower and, in a second phase, preserving the walls in military rammed earth, leaving them as if the Almohad builders had done it in the 12th or 13th centuries.

The monument, managed by the Municipality of Albufeira, had a total investment of 578 thousand euros, with support from CRESC Algarve 2020 amounting to 404 thousand
euros, coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The visit to the works is organized in partnership with CCDR Algarve – Algarve Region Coordination Commission.

It aims to offer participants the opportunity to explore the history and cultural importance of this iconic monument in the municipality of Albufeira, and show an intimate view of preservation work, highlighting the vital role of the community in protecting cultural heritage.

In celebrating 60 years of the Venice Charter, the Municipality of Albufeira reaffirms its commitment to safeguarding historical monuments as living testimonies of centuries-old traditions and the identity of a people.

This year's theme, “Catastrophes and conflicts in the light of the Venice Charter”, invites reflection on the importance of preserving and restoring shared Cultural Heritage, in the face of contemporary challenges. In a world marked by climate emergencies and conflicts, the Venice Charter, adopted in 1964, continues to be a fundamental reference for the conservation and restoration of historical monuments, highlighting the need to preserve the work and historical testimonies that it is urgent to transmit to future generations.