Friday, October 15

Hidden Freemasonry in Elda

The Ciudad Vergel neighborhood of Elda was created following the Masonic postulates and at the base of the statue of Emilio Castelar the relief of glory to work and stonework is reproduced. | ÁXEL ÁLVAREZ

These are just a few of the more visible examples. Probably due to the ignorance of the Francoist authorities, they escaped the persecution that was deployed against the Masons, and in a particularly virulent way, against the Eldenses, culminating in the murder of Ángel Vera Coronel while he was occupying the Civil Government of Zaragoza. The historical debt with this charismatic great man, founder of the Banco de Elda and also president of the Eldense Sports Club, a few decades ago settled with a square in which there is a plaque donated by the Constante Alona lodge.

For the initiates, however, these nominations and places open a symbolic universe that evokes the glorious past of a dynasty of leaders and footwear entrepreneurs who received the teachings of Freemasonry and led the transformation of Elda.

Hidden Freemasonry in Elda

But winks to masonry did not stop with the fruitful expansion that it reached in the Second Republic. Recently built, the cubic stones of the Rotary Rotunda are the last vestige.

If you have to start with a famous Mason, the list must be headed by Emilio Castelar from Elde. Although his membership record has not been found, the fact that he prefaced the two volumes of the “General History of Freemasonry” published in 1889 is revealing data. His statue is an exact replica of the one raised in Madrid by the also Freemason Mariano Benlliure. The effigy found in Elda is based on a base by the artist Florentino del Pilar that has clear distinctive elements of Freemasonry: glories of work, stonework and agriculture as well as an allegory of wisdom and eloquence. It is not surprising to find these items if one takes into account that in the commission of the monument to Castelar, in 1926, there were several people who made up the Amor de Elda Lodge after previously training at the Numancia Lodge in Alicante.

Hidden Freemasonry in Elda

Freemasonry in Elda has had two distinct periods. On the one hand, the one developed by the Fidelísima Lodge in 1886 under the veneration of Pablo Guarinos and on the other with the Amor Lodge, in 1927, to which distinguished figures such as the industrialist Joaquín Porta Rausá, the aforementioned Ángel Vera Coronel and his brother Jenaro belonged. , the industrialist and mayor Emeritus Maestre, the industrialist and mayor Vicente Gil Navarro and the socialist leader Luis Arráez, who would become general secretary of the Provincial Socialist Federation in 1938. Therefore, it is logical that in a Corporation in which many of its representatives passed through the Amor lodge, the street map was named with Masonic badges and government plans were even drawn up under their ideals to extend education, secularism, equality and humanism in favor of all Elders.

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