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1 February, Almocita: Fiestas de San Blas
Between the 1st and 3rd of February, the almociteños and welcome visitors to February enjoying the festivities in honor of San Blas.
Almócita is surrounded by orchards, dry land and a forest of recent recruitment. The landscape reminds us water and agriculture as related to the world historical constants and then Hispanic-Moorish continuity. Precisely War Moorish ruins of Las Paces Inn, where the surrender with D. Juan de Austria was signed in 1570 remain. But we also can not forget the parish church, whose courtyard houses an interpretive space on Moorish architecture of La Alpujarra. More recent are the remains of the Royal Road Foundries (a road route communicating the mountains and lead extracted with the port of Almeria), some testimonials from smelters and mines in the nineteenth century, and still the terraced agricultural boom Grape Ohanes ship or to the eighties of the last century. But all this is gone we have to learn and retain, but look to the future. Almócita and people give us a haven of peace that we enjoy.
Almócita looks at his past with two new viewpoints and recovering the courtyard of the Church of Mercy
The town already has three alpujarreño new interest after completion of scheduled performances in the Tourism Plan Almeria Alpujarra. This is the recovery of an abandoned enclosed courtyard of the Church of Our Lady of Mercy and the creation of two new viewpoints, some have taken advantage of the ancient eras of the municipality, as the Age of The Raft Hazas and space Las Espeñuelas. The acting in the Church, the one made of stone all the Alpujarra, involved the recovery of solar outdoor patio, emerged from the collapse of the roof in the early twentieth century, leaving only the high altar. This space, so far devoid of utility, is now a hall of access to information that reflects the Church of the religious architecture of the Alpujarras, where the common denominator is Mudejar art. Informative panels contain information on the difficult coexistence between Moors and Christians, referring to 'the peace of the Alpujarras' and the events of May 1570, the functionality of Mudejar art and its relationship to the Moorish culture, exemplifying with other symbolic points of the Alpujarra, the stone building, the importance of doors and entrances at the time, and the history of the Church of Our Lady of Misericordia.Antonio Ortiz Manuel Oliva, Abla mayor and president of ADR Alpujarra and Almeria Tourism Plan states that "this adaptation allows to recover this abandoned to enhance the artistic values \u200b\u200bof the parish church as a unique example of Moorish art in stone and with the peculiarity of having a magnificent armor in the head space." Lookouts in the ages In order to exploit the site of the ancient eras, the Tourism Plan has also conducted two performances in the Age of Hazas and The Raft of The Espeñuelas with placing elements of observation, recognition and signaling panoramic viewpoint. The first locates points of the Alpujarra as Captain Cerro, La Solana mines, the Royal Way Foundation, The Red Pepper, the Church of Our Lady of Mercy, the Jewish quarter, the castillejo Beires or Ermita de la Virgen de los Desemparados. Meanwhile, the viewpoint of Las Espeñuelas also located the source of the birth of Beires the castillejo, the Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned or reference to its mining reserve. In the words of Mayor Almócita, Francisco García, these actions represent "the possibility of interpreting our history and the environment around us, and that includes one of the viewpoints and the other Sierra Nevada and the Sierra de Vega Gádor, which are the two mountain ranges that surround us, "and adds that" Tourism is considered the future, promotes population settlement and for this we must have the right environment, as these actions promote or five hiking trails or camping future will open in Almócita "he concludes. The acting manager of the Tourism Plan, Agustin Cabrera, believes that "these actions are to be made available to the public recreational public places, by installing street furniture, and to disseminate historical heritage among local residents and visitors."
Almocita-Padules The Canales-PR-A360-Beires
The Channel is the main landmark of the trail, where the Andarax river up to Padules, is enclosed between two high rock walls, creating a magical corner. This loop trail also allows us to discover Almócita, Beires Padules and three villages of the Alpujarra, through a route without undue difficulty. The trail starts at Almócita, a small town with lots of charm, very elegant: white houses with poetry on its walls, narrow streets where we accompanied Moorish architecture, window planters, a picturesque church, a town hall and a well located on the original plaza. Let's enter the village, in the center of the poster indicating the start of the trail is On this path we will spend for Almócita, the barring of the Forest, which despite its name, the landscape is barren, but equally beautiful, continue to continue the trail along the river Andarax will continue until Canales, a spectacular place, then Padules reach, after another little while walking arrive at the municipality of Beires. We will have made a tour of the Alpujarra, accompanied by water.
AQUEDUCT BCO. FOREST
Aqueduct appreciable dimensions that channels Gorda ditch. Comprised of two central and two lateral arches of half point, sale, built in masonry.
AQUEDUCT OF MARTINEZ
Masonry aqueduct, with one deformed arc.
Thicket low gradient. Small circular depression endorreica natural.
Great variety of tapas
Barranco del Bosque
Space steep slopes and sharp erosion.
Remains of ancient farmhouse Bogaraya and a necropolis.
Bogaraya-Cacín Mines Solana-PR-A325
We started the trail in the center of town, next to the church of Our Lady of Mercy and the City located in a building whose ground floor was an old well has been converted into public utility room and headed down the street toward the San Blas cemetery , past a paved area that corresponds to ancient eras, from where there are good views of the Barranco del Bosque running through a very arid place, although it has a channel that carries water practically all year, with an abundant hydrophilic vegetation typical of these areas, formed by serge, oleander bushes and reeds, after passing a wooden bridge began a steep climb to a pass zigzag next to a cattle and continuing the ascent of the Cerros del Bosque from where we have good views of Almócita later by the ruins of several stockyards Bogaraya in place, we can see the crating Andarax River, which winds through a canyon between vertical walls, with Cacín Plains on the other side, and had with aqueduct through which the water from the Acequia Gorda, caused a mighty birth during the time of the operation of mines Solana formed by many wells, as well as a mining village house composed of technicians, workers shelters, various warehouses, laboratories, workshops, receiving hoppers ore, laundries, as well as a raft for water accumulation. Later, I arrived at the highest point of the route in an area where many mine shafts exist, still important extreme caution since some of them are not protected, where we can connect with the local path to 179 and from where we began the descent, passing next to Collado Impulse where finding old kilns where limestone is calcined to lime "Caleras" and from where we can access the trig point located at the top of Cerro Captain, we cross the Barranco del Bosque by a Boxed area can look up a high road bridge of the Alpujarra, recently built. In the last section we passed the chapel of the Forsaken consisting of a rectangular nave and chancel differentiated and shared by the people of Beires, Almócita and Padules, where in September on a pilgrimage that is held to bless newborns .
BRIDGE CANYON DEL PILAR
Masonry bridge with one eye arch.
C º OF FOUNDRY LIVE
Former route of road communication whose primary function was to encourage the output generated in lead mines and smelters of the Gador, especially Alcora and Presidio.
CANAL HYDROELECTRIC Almócita
Canal masonry 1.5 km, approximately in length, with various tunnels and other masonry embovedados directly cut into the rock.
Barranco developed on carbonate materials. Surrounded by scrubland and pine reforestation.
CANYON MINE PILLAR
Set mine shafts with a small and ancient masonry enclosure at the foot of the mountain, possibly related to the management of the mines.
CANYON RESERVOIR OF THE BUSH
Cistern barrel vault of nine meters in length, approximately. Masonry construction. Collect water from two ravines that cut through dikes, also masonry. Precede the inlet and two decanters desvaste grille, complemented by a fine grid.
CARTER ERA FARMHOUSE
It was elliptical, mica-slate paved with flagstone, shot.
Cave inaccessible and unknown depth. The mouth is a shelter dug in poorly consolidated conglomerates.
Rectangular space surrounded by whitewashed walls of masonry. It is planning an extension.
Few remains of a building of medieval rabitas or marabouts that lined the hillside taha.
CHAPEL OF THE HOMELESS
The chapel consists of a rectangular nave and chancel differentiated. The ship has lost his armor, while the chancel still retains the dome on scallops and stucco decoration. The walls of the nave and chancel are of drawers between rafas masonry and brick ribbons, while the remains of the adjacent construction, possibly the home of hermit replaced by mud masonry. The presence of the triumphal arch is manifested outwardly by brick buttresses. At the foot is the simple brick and tile home with vain midpoint framed by pilasters and crowned by a cornice deteriorated.
Church of Our Lady of Mercy
(XVIII century). Dominating the urban this parish church of Our Lady of Mercy, predominant position which is usual in these small Alpujarra villages are located. Surprising that some desolate image of a church that lost cover, probably because the effects of the earthquake in 1804, a storm in 1838 and a secular abandonment. The early church was burned by the Moorish rebellion of 1568. Remade later, in the early eighteenth century, the small church had a deplorable condition. The present church was consecrated by the Archbishop of Granada, Martin Ascargorta in 1703. Answer a simple model of a single rectangular church with nave, chancel differentiated by triumphal arch typical of the area. Simple also covers correspond to Baroque: the main has a semicircular arch, framed by moldings and buttresses above a niche between, with the symbol of Ave Maria, the lateral is more schematic. Major development is the use of blocks of stone in the building, the walls crowned with a molded cornice masonry. Of great beauty is the chapel with a magnificent armor moamares files, recently restored. Features four flaps and two limes in the corners or beams that reach the central almizate, all decorated with geometric loop. A treat for the historical heritage of La Alpujarra. Our proposed route continues down the street and Glorieta La Matraca of the Constitution, to ascend by a pleasant walk to the Cultural and Recreational Set The Espeñuelas.
(XIII and XIV century). Behind Local Information Point is the old laundry, one of the oldest hydraulic facilities of La Alpujarra. Actually, this is a cistern that we can trace to the Nasrid period, which served as water tank for the next source. Cloudy with its original barrel vault slightly pointed, dating back to the need to ensure the water supply to the Muslim population and ensure the ritual cleansing before prayers. In the early twentieth century a sink was installed inside (newly renovated), and subsequently built on the site the current Town Hall.
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