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Unusual Lanzarote seafront ruin to be restored 

PAGE 13 Unusual Lanzarote  seafront ruin to be restored

Lanzarote is planning to turn the spotlight on its ecclesiastical heritage by restoring old churches and chapels.

The Cabildo has signed an agreement with the Diocese of the Canary Islands and one of the first projects will be the ruined modernist-style house of Caleta de Famara.

Its first owner, Luis Ramírez called the unusual property the “little hotel” and on his death in the middle of the last century, left it to the church. The peculiar building has a semi-elliptical facade and is decorated with an octopus, crabs, shells and starfish.

Nothing has been done to it and the architecture is now beginning to crumble.

The new agreement pledges “the protection, conservation and restoration of goods of cultural interest and/or catalogued of ecclesiastical ownership located in the island of Lanzarote”. It was signed by Cabildo president, Pedro San Ginés, and the vicar general of the Diocese of the Canary Islands, Hipólito Cabrera González, accompanied by the Minister of Historical Heritage, Carmen Rosa Márquez.

The president said the agreement “goes beyond creeds or religious criteria, it is about protecting and preserving the rich architectural heritage and patrimonial and cultural assets treasured by the Diocese on the island of Lanzarote.”

The Casa de Luis Ramírez is in the coastal town of Famara, in the municipality of Teguise. It is intended that in future and once restored, it will be used as a social and cultural centre.

Other projects will be tackled over the next two years. A special commission will be set up to oversee all the work.