12 Jan, 2021 @ 12:45
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The Great Wall of Castellon

Photo by Javier Ortí
Photo by Javier Ortí

A MAN from Vilafranca (Castellon) is building a replica of the Great Wall of China around his home, entirely by hand, in his spare time.

Work began 20 years ago, and the wall currently measures two kilometres long by up to 2.5 metres high at some points.

Photo by Javier Ortí
Photo by Javier Ortí

Francisco Javier Deusdad Ros, 49, explains that the idea for this highly ambitious and spectacular project stems from his love for a primitive construction method known as pedra en sec (dry stone), invented by farmers in medieval times and which forgoes the use of cement or mortar, fitting the individual stones together like a jigsaw puzzle.

The heavy snowfall registered in Castellon Province over the last couple of weeks have afforded the wall a postcard-like appearance, and the ‘architect’ hopes to complete his work by the spring.  

Glenn Wickman

Glenn is a trained and experienced journalist, having obtained a BA Hons degree in Journalism and Communication Studies with Spanish from Middlesex University (London) in 2001.
Since then he has worked on several English-language newspapers in Alicante Province, including 11 years at the Costa Blanca News.
He is trilingual in English, Spanish and Catalán/Valenciano, a qualified ELT teacher and translator with a passion for the written word.
After several years in Barcelona, Glenn has now returned to the Costa Blanca (Alicante), from where he will cover local stories as well as Valencia and Castellón/Costa Azahar.
Please drop him a line if you have any news that you think should be covered in either of these areas, he will gladly get in touch!

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