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Opening of the Guernica workshop bunker

29 APRIL 2019
Opening of the Guernica workshop bunker

The bunker will be opened to value one of the few infrastructures that were saved from the bombing.

The bunker will be opened to value one of the few infrastructures that were saved from the bombing. A minimum of 31 tons of bombs dropped by the Nazi Luftwaffe and the fascist Legionary Aviazione on Gernika the tragic April 26, 1937 bequeathed a trail of death. Hundreds were the victims who 82 years later have not been fully accounted for, and a major destruction, with three out of every four buildings in the town destroyed by incendiary devices and subsequent fire. Among the few infrastructures that were saved, some of the bunkers that sheltered the Gernikarras stand out.

And among them, the Consistory has managed to open to the public the anti-aircraft shelter of Talleres de Guernica. Located on Ibarra Street, in the immediate vicinity of the historic company with more than one hundred years of experience in the town, the bunker will be opened in an event that will take place tomorrow from 11.00 a.m. "Value one of the few infrastructures that were saved from the bombing" is the objective of the Consistory, in the words of Gernikarra mayor, José María Gorroño. Visible in the near future, and incorporated into the air raid shelters prior to the air raid along with the Pasealeku and the Astra, the complex is 22 meters long and five meters wide.

The shelter of the company, which has been assigned to the local administration so that citizens can visit it, could be incorporated soon into the tourist routes that show the legacy of the bombing in the locality. According to different historical sources, in Gernika there were up to a dozen bunkers, between municipal and private, which were built before the imminence of an air attack.