Residents of Spanish municipality outraged after tourists defaced centuries-old church with graffiti: “This is not art, this is a crime”

Residents of Spanish municipality outraged after tourists defaced centuries-old church with graffiti: “This is not art, this is a crime”
Residents of Spanish municipality outraged after tourists defaced centuries-old church with graffiti: “This is not art, this is a crime”

Spain is suffering from the drought, but this makes the ancient church of Plampalacios accessible. The church was built in the 16th century and has well-preserved frescoes and wall paintings on the inside. Usually the old structure is completely submerged by a water reservoir, which was built nearby and also marked the end of the municipality. Now the church is a tourist attraction, although it also has its drawbacks. Residents of surrounding villages discovered that tourists have daubed the facade of the church with paint. “This is a crime, not art,” it sounds.

Source: heraldo

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Rafa García discovered the graffiti when he flew over the church in a helicopter and immediately went to survey the damage. “Fortunately, they were not able to force the gate of the church,” said the man who has lived near Plampalacios for fifteen years. “It would have been a total disaster if they damaged the frescoes. But this is a crime. They have damaged precious heritage.”

On the basis of images from nearby surveillance cameras and testimonies from residents, the Spanish police are looking for a group of tourists suspected of the vandalism. “About four people between thirty and forty years old,” according to the local media. The tourists are said to have already left the area, but are now being tracked down by their license plate that was filmed.

“This is a disaster,” Enrique Pueyo told the Spanish media. The man is mayor of the nearby municipality of Aínsa-Sobrarbe, of which Plampalacios is a submunicipality. “And we can pay for the costs of cleaning everything.” Pueyo has already filed a complaint with the Spanish Guardia Civil.

(pjv)

The article is in Dutch

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