THE SIEGE OF TORTOSA HAS BEEN DELAYED

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Tortosa, July 8, 1708. The city is on the edge of its forces victim of a fierce siege. it has resisted at all odds the Bourbon army with only one goal: the defence of Catalan institutions. On the eve of the battle which the future of the city and the country will be decided, a single end is foreseen: succeed or die.


Revive the last days of the Siege of Tortosa. The smell of gunpowder and the parade of troops will once again fill the streets of the city to reenact one of the most decisive periods in the history of Catalonia: the War of the Spanish Succession. Live the definitive battle that ended one of the crude siges of our past, visit the Miquelets camp to see how it was the day-to-day life of a city under siege, and discover the fortifications of Tortosa by the hand of those who defended it.


The Miquelets of Catalonia will be the leading role of this event that combines historical re-enhancement and dissemination of history and heritage of the city together by Amics dels Castells.

programme

Friday

Setting up

10.30 h. Meet an eighteenth-century Miquelet. Presentation of Miquelets to the schools of Tortosa. Place: Pl. de l’àbsis.


19.00 Inaugural Workshop: Introduction to the Eighteenth century, fashion and customs, by German Domingo and Irina Medveva, from the reenactment group. Place: Aula didàctica Museu de Tortosa.


19.30 h. Opening lecture, The Siege of Tortosa, the conquest of a key piece in the War of Spanish Succession, by Aleix Gonzàlez, archaeologist and historian. Place: Aula didàctica Museu de Tortosa.


20.30 h. The short film Win or Die, a documentary that recreates life in the military camps of the Eighteenth century. Place: Aula didàctica Museu de Tortosa.

Saturday

The resistance, we will live free… or we will die!

10.45 h. Military parade contingent of cavalry and infantry, and bans of war. Route: Departure from Plaça Mossèn Sol, C. de la Mercè, C. de la Rosa, Pl. Agustí Querol, C. de l’Àngel, C. St. Blai, C. Teodor Gonzàlez, Av. de la Generalitat, C. Dr. Vilà and Pl. de l’ajuntament.


11.30 h. Reading of War Bans, streets of the shopping area.


12.00 h. Reception and review of troops by the authorities with salve of honour. Place: Pl. de l’ajuntament.


12.30 h. River attack and battle on the beach. The Bourbon troops take positions on the right side of the river while the Austrian forces try to avoid it. Location: River beach of Ferreries.


13.30 h. Popular lunch in Avançades de Sant Joan. A meal on the walls for everyone, price 13,00€ prior reservation on the phone 977 449 648 Whatsapp 607 990 836 or at turisme@tortosa.cat


16.30 h. Visit the fortifications by the military engineer. Departure from the officers command tent of Miquelets of Catalonia, Avançades de Sant Joan.


From 17.00 to 18.15 h. In the Austrian and Bourbon Camps, recreation of civil and military life. Both armies are face-to-face in the pre-clash moments confrontation. Place: Weapons courtyard of Avançades de Sant Joan.


From 17.00 h. to 21.00 h. Craft market. Place: primer fossar of Avançades de Sant Joan


From 17.00 to 18.00 h. Children’s workshop and forging demonstrations, recruitment and military instruction. Place: Miquelets of Catalonia Camp, Avançades de Sant Joan.


From 17.00 to 18.00 h. Guard and ban rounds. Place: Miquelets of Catalonia Camp, Avançades de Sant Joan.


From 17.00 to 18.00 h. 18th Century costume workshop. The Ambassador of Peter I The Great, Tsar of all Russia, will explain the costume of the time. Place: segon fossar of Avançades de Sant Joan.


17.15 h. Reading of War Bans, streets of the shopping area.


18.00 h. Recreation the Siege of Tortosa: First assault to the avançades de Sant Joan in a fierce combat with cavalry units, artillery fire and pyrotechnics. Place: segon fossar de les Avançades de Sant Joan.


19.30 h. Popular historical dances for all public with he help of the reenactors. Place: fossar de la primera Avançada.

Sunday

The final battle: win… or die

8.00 h. Reveille and review of troops. Place: Avançades de Sant Joan


From 10.30 to 12.00 h. In the Austrian and Bourbon Camps, recreation of civil and military life. Maximum tension is palpable, on the previous moments to the final battle. Place: Weapons courtyard of Avançades de Sant Joan.


From 10.30 h. to 14.00 h. Craft market. Place: primer fossar of avançades de sant Joan.


From 10.30 to 12.00 h. Children’s workshop and forging demonstrations, recruitment and military instruction. Place: Miquelets of Catalonia Camp, avançades de Sant Joan.


11.00 h. Reading of War Ban. Place: Avançades de Sant Joan.


11.15 h. Customs and Life workshop in the 18th Century. Place: fossar de la segona avançada.


12.00 h. Recreation the Siege of Tortosa: Decisive assault with all troops in a battle with cavalry, artillery fire and pyrotechnics. Place: segon fossar of avançades de Sant Joan.


13.00 h. Final battle, after opening a gap the army of the two crowns, the Austrian resistance fights tooth and nail, desperately waiting for reinforcements that never shows up. Place: primer fossar of avançades de Sant Joan.


13.30h. Representation of the Capitulation of the city. Place: primer fossar of avançades de Sant Joan.

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