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The surroundings of the Molino del Batán, tourist enclave of the new patrimonial itinerary of the Huerta de Murcia (09/08/2018)

The City Council completes the archaeological and restoration work on the base of the Arab Tower of the XII-XIII centuries, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, and the bridge of the XVIII century on the Azarbe Mayor, which will end this August.

José Ballesta: "After these works, the landscaping of the plot and the lighting of the surroundings will be carried out, enabling a unique landscape and heritage resource of the Huerta, open to visitors and neighbors."

The City of Murcia is finalizing the archaeological and restoration works of the Molino de Batán, on the Camino Viejo de Monteagudo (Zarandona), an action that includes the rehabilitation of the Torreón Árabe base from the XII-XIII centuries, declared of Cultural Interest, and the bridge of the 18th century on the Azarbe Mayor, whose works will finish throughout this month of August.

"This historic enclave will be part of the new informative and playful itinerary of the heritage of the Huerta de Murcia, turning it into a focal point of tourist and cultural attraction within the municipality," said the mayor of Murcia, José Ballesta, who visited the works today next to the councilor of Urbanism, Environment and Huerta, Antonio Navarro.

The next step will be the landscaping of the plot, which will enable a unique landscape and heritage resource of the Huerta de Murcia, open to visitors and neighbors.

In addition to this enclave, the patrimonial itinerary of the Huerta de Murcia will include other historical mills such as the one of Amor, whose archaeological and restoration works are very advanced, and the one of La Pólvora, whose works will begin soon.

Emblematic buildings such as Casa Torre Falcón or Castellar de Churra will also be integrated, with two archaeological studies prior to their intervention.

Medieval ceramics and the imprint of the original ramp of the tower

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 works began last December and include both the recovery of the structures with materials similar to those originally used and the archaeological prospecting work, which have allowed to locate the structures and two accesses to the tower: a staircase and the imprint of the original ramp.

Ceramic remains from different eras have also been found (from medieval to modern times).

The field archaeological work has been completed and now the study of the remains in the laboratory continues.

With respect to the restoration works, the access works to azarbe are being completed, which will be accessible by a small staircase, and the conditioning of the perimeter rail.

The action affects a space of 6,145 m2 and has included 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 for this action was 95,200 euros.

Canvases and walls restored

Regarding the tower, it has been carried out its perimeter and interior excavation, so that the canvases that have survived and that have been restored for their preservation have been exposed to the view.

The perimeter walls have also been completed or profiled.

All the reconstruction has been executed with techniques and materials similar to those of the time of the building, but leaving evident the restoration carried out.

It has also recovered the channel that is going to enable the azarbe (visitable dry zone 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.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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