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The Community declares the Norias de Abarán Cultural Property of Good Interest (23/05/2018)

The Governing Council has approved, at the proposal of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the declaration as Cultural Interest Property (BIC), with category of ethnographic interest, of the Norias de Abarán, located on the right and left margins of the Segura River, from the Azud del Menjú in Cieza to the Iron Bridge of Abarán.

The ethnographic place of the Norias de Abarán meets the criteria of uniqueness, authenticity, integrity, representativeness or symbolic value on which the BIC declaration is based, since in just three kilometers the most characteristic examples of the use of water for the Irrigation by means of water elevators and can be considered as a cultural landscape of traditional and historic irrigation in the Vega Alta de Segura.

The declaration includes the four ferris wheels (its aqueducts and rafts) that are conserved in the area, among which the Noria Grande de Abarán, a wooden construction (except the axle and the metal plates) made in the first years of the 19th century. and rebuilt in 1951. It is one of the largest diameter devices that are currently preserved, with almost 12 meters high, 64 blades and 128 buckets.

The Ferris wheel of the Hoya de Don García is a construction also of wood of which the first news is had in 1818 and that was replaced in 1901;

the smallest is that of Ñorica and the whole is completed with that of Candelón.

Both are metallic.

Other related assets are also included, such as the El Menjú dam, Abarán Mayor de Blanca ditch, La Charrara ditch, El Menjú hydroelectric power plant, the 'dry stone' walls called 'las hormas', the splitter and aqueduct of the Las Canales area, the laundry room and the Molino del Parque or Molino de las Pilas.

Some goods to which we must add a rich immaterial heritage that includes the uses, knowledge and techniques that have been generated and transmitted over the centuries.

Source: CARM

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