The rehabilitation works of the Church of St. Bartholomew (Sant Bertomeu) in Xàbia they advance and in recent days archaeological tastings have brought to light an interesting finding linked to the techniques of Gothic architecture.
It is a set of large jugs dated between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries and which were used to fill the gap between the vault of the apse, the oldest area of the church-fortress, and the roof. This resource was common in medieval times since it involved a lightweight filling that avoided dead weights on the structures and in Xàbia it was used in the early phases of construction of the church, prior to those led by the "Mestre pedrapiquer" Domingo Urteaga.
As explained by the municipal archaeologist, Ximo Bolufer, they are reused jugs, probably made in Paterna, which originally served to store oil, wine or other products. In addition to the complete specimens there are also fragments of other ceramics (jars and jugs), among which one has been found especially interesting since it has a very detailed graffiti that represents a medieval ship, a typical “nao” like those that sailed the seas between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
El Mayor of Xàbia, José Chulvi, has joined today one of the periodic inspections carried out by the General Directorate of Heritage of this unique work and that affects a monument declared BIC since 1931.
The municipality has been able to find out the scope of the works directed by the architect Salvador Vila and run the specialized company Estudio Methodos de la Restauración (EMR), an emergency project that will help to clean up the cracks in the temple's roof and repair the humidity and leak.
The bulk of the work, in which the local company Germans Cholbi Construcciones and the arpa specialists from ARPA also participate, is now in the area known as "Els muntons", the terrace with the elevations caused by the vaults and the improvements are already evident in other points such as the bell tower or the
spiral staircase that is accessed.