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Las Peñetas de La Florida: the oldest monument in Las Torres de Cotillas (19/03/2020)

With a Muslim origin that experts place in the late Middle Ages, the Peñetas de La Florida are pure archeology since they constitute the oldest monument standing in our town.

Aqueduct that started its trajectory in the neighboring town of Alguazas and located on the banks of the Mula River, which overlooks the La Florida neighborhood, in the surroundings delimited by the Madrid-Cartagena railway line and the old National Highway 344, Las Peñetas They are the oldest evidence of the irrigated network of the Torreña garden.

The only stonework pylon in existence of the five that, according to the historian from Alcuaceño, Luis Lisón, made up the hydraulic complex erected in the mid-sixteenth century and razed a century later by the flood of San Calixto's day, the Peñetas de La Florida include, as of today a section of two meters long and three and a half wide in what amounts to a conglomerate of medium and large stones and some bricks, all joined with lime.

It should be noted that, for a decade, this vestige of the canal has been classified by the Regional Government of Murcia as an Asset of Cultural Interest for its permanent protection.

Sources consulted:

-BERNAL PASCUAL, F. and alters .: "Approach to the structure of the settlement during the Muslim period in Las Torres de Cotillas", in History of Las Torres de Cotillas (Murcia), MONTES BERNÁRDEZ, R. (dir.), Ed .

City Council of Las Torres de Cotillas, 2005.

-Diary "La Verdad", editions of April 6, 1975 and June 13 and August 15, 1976.

Digital Library of the Municipal Archive of Murcia.

Juan José Ruiz Moñino.

Source: Juan José Ruiz Moñino

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