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The City Council invests in the heritage of La Huerta with the recovery of the surroundings of the Mill of the Batán (13/02/2018)

The action includes the rehabilitation of the base of the Arab Tower of the XII-XIII centuries, declared a Site of Cultural Interest, and the bridge of the XVIII century on the Azarbe Mayor.

"The archaeological prospecting that has been started will yield valuable information on this group, enabling a unique landscape and heritage resource of the Huerta de Murcia, open to visitors and neighbors," said José Ballesta.

The City Council has begun work to recover the heritage of the Molino de Batán, on the Camino Viejo de Monteagudo (Zarandona), an action that includes the rehabilitation of the base of the Arab Tower of the XII-XIII centuries, declared of Interest Cultural, and the bridge of the 18th century on the Azarbe Mayor.

The mayor of Murcia, José Ballesta, together with the councilor for Urbanism, Environment and Huerta, Antonio Navarro, visited today the works that are being carried out and noted that "they include both the recovery of these structures with materials similar to those that are originally used as archaeological prospecting work, which will yield valuable information on this set and the historical development of the area, enabling a unique landscape and heritage resource of the Huerta de Murcia, open to visitors and neighbors.

El Molino del Batán, located on the Azarbe Mayor del Norte in a privileged area just over two kilometers from the center of Murcia, is an outstanding example of a medieval hydraulic mill originally linked to an Islamic tower that has now disappeared.

The work in the area began last December with the cleaning, clearing and the realization of pre-archaeological excavations, which have already allowed to locate the structures and two accesses of the tower: a staircase and the imprint of the original ramp.

Ceramic remains from different eras have also been found.

The action affects a space of 6,145 m2 and includes the restoration of the base of the Islamic tower and the embovedado of the bridge of the eighteenth century, integrating them in a surrounding green area and making them visitable.

The total budget of this action, which has a deadline of six months, is 95,200 euros.

After the archaeological works and rehabilitation will be carried out the landscaping of the plot.

Focus of tourist attraction: huertano heritage itinerary

It is foreseen that this space forms part of an informative and playful itinerary of the patrimonial set of the Huerta de Murcia, turning it into a focal point of tourist and cultural attraction within the municipality itself.

Regarding the tower, its perimeter and interior excavation is foreseen, so that the canvases that have survived and that will be restored for their preservation are exposed to the view.

The perimeter walls will also be completed or outlined.

All the reconstruction of the building will be executed with techniques and materials similar to those of the building period, but the restoration made evident.

It will also recover the channel that is going to enable the azarbe (dry zone visitable and area with water), the slopes of the tower, the perimeter sidewalks and the green zone.

In addition, the action includes lighting and signage for the dissemination of this historical and natural environment.

Alfonso X authorized "facer a trapero mill"

The construction of the Molino del Batán could be traced back to the late medieval Christian period, rebuilt in modern times as a flour mill and in use until the twentieth century.

The first documentary reference for this type of mills in Murcia dates from 1282, in Christian times, when King Alfonso X authorized the City Council so that "they could make a ragmill mill in the irrigation channel that passes through the Arrixaca".

Its construction, on the channel of azarbe, is supported by a strong base or plinth of large blocks of carved stone and has four mouths for water inlet and outlet.

Currently, the ownership of the property is private, although the steps for the incorporation of the mill to the municipal patrimony are carried out.

Plan of Action of the Orchard:

This action is included in the Plan of Action of the Huerta de Murcia, the most important environmental, social, cultural and patrimonial program of recent decades.

With respect to the patrimonial axis, the City Council is carrying out the following projects:

Next start of the rehabilitation works of the Molino del Amor.

Adjudication of the emergency work for the consolidation of Casa Torre Falcón, the final project being in draft.

Drafting of the rehabilitation project of the Molino de la Pólvora.

Approval of a plan to help the rehabilitation of facades in the Huerta de Murcia by its owners, which is maintained for this exercise.

Likewise, other important projects are being carried out, such as the adaptation of the Green Path on the Acequia Alquibla between Algezares and Los Ramos, the Green Path of the Acequia de la Puxmarina in La Raya or the rehabilitation project of the Castellar de Churra.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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