has paid tribute to master stonemason Vicente Bisquert
Riera, better known as Vicent de Gràcia, by re-naming
a small square on the edge of the historic centre in
his honour, a landscaped open space next to Bar Trinquet
which features two of his works. The ceremony, which
was carried out with the appropriate COVID-19 health
and safety measures, featured speeches by mayor
José Chulvi, councillor Quico Moragues (Culture)
and Fani Bisquert, grand-daughter of Vicent as well
as a musical performance by Sergio Camarasa.
mayor said that if Xàbia had a symbolic colour,
it would be that of tosca stone. The soft and golden
hue is present in every corner of the historic centre,
in most of its significant buildings and in many of
our homes. It represents the fusion between land and
sea and is a kind of emblem of the ancient Mediterranean
place that we are and of which we are proud.
at the Montañar or at Cova Tallada, we get an
idea of the antiquity and hardness of the stonemasons
who cut the blocks of tosca stone from the edge of the
sea and then crafted them blow by blow with technique
inherited from centuries of tradition to transform these
blocks into arches, pillars or, if they were lucky enough
to pass through virtuous hands, into wonders like those
that Vicente Bisquert Riera has left us.
mayor said that we can say with pride that it was Vicente
de Gracia, a resident of Xàbia, who created the
first public fountains in Xàbia, such as the
one in the square opposite the Town Hall that features
the town's coat of arms. He was also responsible for
several religious elements that have achieved notable
recognition in the start such as the baptismal font
and pulpit in the ancient church of San Bartolomé
as well as the fountain of Loreto and the covered cross,
created in 1954 in the square that now bears his name,
elements that were his last public works.
mayor concluded that remembering Vicent de Gracia, a
humble and honest person who despite circumstances made
his talent and effort count with extraordinary things is
remembering an important part of the history of Xàbia.
Date: Thursday 23rd July 2020
Xàbia ha homenajeado a Vicente Bisquert Riera, más conocido como Vicent de Gràcia, maestro de la artesanía en piedra tosca. Desde hoy, la plazoleta ajardinada entre las calles Muret, Loreto y Escola –que reúne dos de sus obras- lleva su nombre.
Compartimos algunas imágenes del acto de reconocimiento –condicionado por las medidas de seguridad sanitaria por la Covid19- y en el que han participado el alcalde, José Chulvi, el concejal de Cultura, Quico Moragues y Fani Bisquert, nieta del mestre pedrapiquer.
Gracias a Sergio Camarasa por acompañar con su música el acto.