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The City Council acquires the Molino Armero to conserve, rehabilitate and return this space to Murcians (22/05/2020)

| In addition to the building and warehouses, various pieces of machinery and other elements of the time are included | The Governing Board has approved the direct acquisition of the architectural complex of the Armero Mill, included in the Monteagudo and Cabezo de Torres Historic Site, in order to carry out consolidation, archaeological excavation and rehabilitation work in order to recover this space for Murcians .This action is part of the intense work carried out in recent years by the City Council to identify, protect and value historical heritage.The acquisition of this mill joins other rehabilitation and conservation projects of the Huerta heritage such as the Love mill, the Batán mill, the Pólvora mill, the Torre Falcón house, the surroundings of the Rueda de la Ñora, irrigation ditches and other hydraulic infrastructures.In this way, the City Council will invest 207,578 euros to acquire the building, with an area of ??468 square meters, and the warehouses, which occupy 1,415 square meters, since they constitute an important historical and industrial heritage complex that must be maintained in its entirety.In addition, different pieces will be recovered such as five grinding stops, with their corresponding stones, hopper, dust covers and hydraulic machinery, two electric mills, one stone, and an electric motor.It also includes furniture, documents, product packaging, vintage photographs, machinery such as scales, invoices, typewriters, traveler's briefcase, sacks, laundry rooms, jars, press and other elements of the time, considered intangible ethnographic movable heritage associated with the production and packaging of paprika in the Huerta de Murcia.Located on Calle Mayor, number 26, in Cabezo de Torres, the old Armero mill, dating from the 17th century, was dedicated to the manufacture of paprika for centuries and ceased its activity about 20 years ago.

It is one of the last water mills that has been in operation and used the channel of the Churra la Vieja ditch to move its teeth.

The property stands out for being a singular element and one of the most characteristic hydraulic constructions in the Huerta de Murcia.In this way, the City Council recovers a space for Murcians while at the same time highlighting a space typical of La Huerta and the territorial and cultural essence of Murcia.It should be remembered that last July the landscape protection plan of the strategic project of 'Las Fortalezas del Rey Lobo' was approved, which establishes the conservation and use measures of the environment of the Historic Site of Cabezo de Torres and Monteagudo .In this way, the protection, revitalization and enhancement of the more than 1.6 million square meters of the Historic Site of Cabezo de Torres and Monteagudo is being worked on.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia / Foto: archivo

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