Built in southern Spain in the 9th century, the Castle Matrera partially collapsed three years ago. A project to restore and preserve the medieval fortress was launched soon after. Led by the architect Carlos Quevedo Rojas, the now complete giant washing machine/oven-looking structure has drawn a significant amount of criticism.
However, Rojas defended his work, saying that a proper restoration maintains the structure's "historical value and architectural integrity."
“You can’t make the structure have the same appearance as the original," Rojas told the Times. "You can’t falsify the appearance. It has to be clear which parts are new and which are old.”
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