Last year a travelling exhibition of the Islamic castles of the Marina Alta was produced by members of AMUX (the Friends of the Museum of Xàbia association). This was done with support from the Xàbia museum and the Department of Culture. The exhibition was shown in the Xàbia Museum and is now travelling to the towns of Orba, Benissa and Ontinyent.
The display panels are packed with information, but there was only enough room for one language. The regional official language, Valenciano, was therefore used for the text. Captions for photographs, plans and diagrams were given in Valenciano, Castellano and English. Texts in Castellano and English were provided in separate booklets.
Members of AMUX were aware of the interest shown by visitors who cannot read Valenciano, so we decided to put the information on the AMUX website in all three languages in a way which is easily accessible to everyone, including those who cannot get to see the live exhibition.
The virtual exhibition can be found on the AMUX Website ( http://amuxabia.weebly.com/) . From the main menu click Projectes / Expo-Castells Andalusins.
There are three separate language sections. For each language there is a web page for each of the thirteen wall panels illustrated with a selection of photos, plans and diagrams. In addition, people can download a PDF file of the original panel to view more illustrations.
As an added bonus PDF files of the Castellano and English texts in booklet form can be downloaded and the English
section also includes a glossary.
The authors of the exhibition, Joaquim Bolufer, Josep Castelló and Chris Betterton-Jones are now working on a guide for people who wish to visit these little-known relics of Islamic Spain in the Marina Alta.
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