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Torre de la Plaza(Benifaió)

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The tower would have formed part of the defensive belt of the city of Valencia, together with the towers of Espioca, Silla, Almusafes, Mussa, etc. It would also have been used as a refuge for the inhabitants of the nearby farmhouses.
Although there is no known documentation on the tower during the period of the Christian Reconquest by James I, it is recorded that on 10th June 1376, King Peter IV commissioned the Master of Montesa to carry out repair work on the towers of Benifaió, Silla and others, due to the destruction they had suffered during the wars.

The tower has had different uses for centuries, as a warehouse and also as a prison, still conserving the graffiti made by the prisoners on the interior walls in the form of a calendar. In recent years it has been used by local pigeon fanciers.
The width of the lower part of the tower is about eleven metres on each of its four sides.
The 1.30-metre-wide walls were built using the system known as "tapial de mortero de cal y piedra" (lime and stone mortar), an ancient construction technique. The signs of the wooden planks are still visible, as are the perforations made by the wooden needles characteristic of this technique.

The restoration carried out between 1994-1996 has meant the definitive valuation of this emblematic tower. It currently houses the museum collection of archaeological materials recovered during the restoration work.

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