The tombstone of an 18th century baron has been found in Casa Bolufer in Xàbia

The tombstone of an 18th century baron has been found in Casa Bolufer in Xàbia
The tombstone of an 18th century baron has been found in Casa Bolufer in Xàbia
  • The archaeologist maintains that the architectural structure of the tomb, which was located in the church of Sant Bertomeu, was reused around 1884 for new constructions.

A new encounter with history in the Marina Alta. The archaeological work being carried out at Casa Bolufer in Xàbia, prior to the renovation that the building will undergo, has brought to light an extraordinary piece from the municipality’s past: a funerary tombstone from the 18th century.

The piece is square in shape (72 x 66 cm), is made of rough stone and on it you can read “Here lies Carlos Trilles / he died on the day / August 18 / year 176?” (the last digit is illegible).

According to the municipal archaeologist, Ximo Bolufer, after consulting the heraldic work on Xàbia, the Baron of San Petrillo, Carlos Trilles i Andrés, was born in 1724. The aforementioned documentation, however, does not record the exact date of his death either.

However, the archaeologist added, it does provide information about the Trilles family: it indicates that the aforementioned family had two graves in the Church of San Bartolomé, one located in front of the chapel of the Mare de Déu del Rosario and another, designed for Carlos Trilles, which was located in the centre of the parish church.

Bolufer has pointed out that “the repaving works carried out on the church-fortress with the current pavement, which dates back to 1884, surely caused many of the tombstones to be covered, destroyed or, as in this case, recovered and reused in other buildings.

The archaeological survey work in this emblematic building in Xàbia, prior to the rehabilitation and remodelling, is being carried out under the direction of Jordi Blázquez.

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