Orihuela is a city which is enormously rich in architectural patrimony. It is one of the great treasures of the Valencian Community. However, this wealth is now deteriorating rapidly.
The land in Orihuela is considered bad for building anyway because is is part rock and part mud - the worst possible combination. Diverting the river in the last decade has caused the land to dry out and subside which is now causing the buildings to crack.
For example, the refectory of Santo Domingo has a worrisome crack in the area based on the slope of the mountain which has enlarged almost a centimetre in just two years.
Colegio Diocesano de Santo Domingo
Iglesia de San Agustín
Urgent action is required to first stop the process of deterioration and then to repair the cracks before they lead to further problems.