The Pazo de Meirás is now everyone’s heritage. This Thursday the State formally took possession of the property located in Sada (A Coruña), which was literary haven by Emilia Pardo Bazán before becoming the summer scene of the dictatorship and, later, in the private domain of Francisco Franco’s family. Until there is a final judgment, all the assets, many of incalculable value, that are inside the unique castle with three towers and its gardens will also remain under public custody. So outraged are the heirs of the dictator that they decided to stand up to the public administrations. They did not attend the delivery ceremony. “In order not to lend themselves to the circus, they were not going to let us withdraw anything,” one of the grandchildren, Francis Franco, explained on a radio station.
The state attorney who will receive the keys to the Pazo de Meirás: “I don’t know why it wasn’t done before”
The sit-in of the dictator’s heirs did not alter the official agenda to hand over the mansion, by court ruling and provisionally, but there was something new regarding the 697 cataloged goods by court order inside the pazo and its gardens. The State Attorney decided to record that two of those assets – the Casa de las Conchas and the small annexed granary – “are not part of what is claimed by the administration.” Judge Marta Canales, author of the historic ruling that grants the State the emblematic property with which the coup general had been made in the midst of the Civil War, decided to give the administration a period of 20 days to determine which assets should be delivered to the Frank. She was also in charge of putting in the hands of the State attorney Consuelo Castro the keys to the enclosure.
On the eve of the handover of the Pazo, another of Franco’s grandsons, Jaime, was in charge of going to Sada to “say goodbye to the servants,” the couple of guards who live on the property, and leave the keys in court number one from A Coruña. While the public administrations were meeting this Wednesday in A Coruña to decide on the use and management of the Torres de Meirás, Franco’s grandson toured them one last time with a team from the newspaper ABC to make an extensive graphic report of the interior of the property and relate the “brutal sadness” of the family for having to hand it over after occupying it for 82 years. The