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TOURISM VALLE DE LECRÍN
AN UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT
It was built in the middle of the 19th century, with Isabella II, when the Granada-Motril road was started. At that time, the old royal roads were replaced by more modern and wider roads, where carriages could pass. At that time most of the bridges on the aforementioned road were built, but it would remain dirt. It will be later when it is asphalted. The Pilar de la Plaza is from this period.
This stone bridge was built in the narrowest area of the valley due to the difficulties that even in the last century presented a work of passage. In the same way, not only looking for economy in light but also in the volume of the work, it is the road that is totally subjected to the bridge and not the other way around, as we will see in the more modern ones, due to the fact that the criteria until very recently has been to economize in civil work even if the route of the road resisted (with difficult entrance curves and more or less pronounced access slopes). It has a roadway of 7 meters strict, without verges, and the N 323 passed through it until the construction of the prestressed bridge in 1980.
This privileged place is located on the southwestern slope of the Sierra Nevada massif, just 1 km from the centre of Padul.
Its natural importance makes it a protected area of the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada, with an area of nearly 300 hectares. The largest is made up of farmland and approximately 60 hectares are waterlogged and covered with marshy vegetation.
In addition, its great interest and environmental importance has given it such unique cataloguing as a Special Protection Area for Birds, a protected area of the Sierra Nevada National Park and a Wetland of International Importance under the RAMSAR agreement.
Thousands of birds pass through this wetland every year during periods of migration. This makes birding tourism lovers find an invaluable destination where to practice bird watching. The diversity in the Padul wetland means that up to 200 different bird species can be observed throughout the year.
This privileged place has great importance from the ecological, scientific and landscape point of view. It also has a peculiar peat bog, the southernmost in Europe, where in 1982 mammoth remains and other prehistoric animals were discovered.
Following the appearance of these remains, the mammoth has become an image and symbol of the municipality, creating a multitude of products and services with the brand of the mammoth, as well as even recreating this prehistoric animal on a real scale. You will find it next to the Padul Town Hall and in the surroundings of the prehistoric animal park.
The most accessible and respectful way to discover it is through its three prehistoric routes, the Mammoth Route, the Woolly Rhino Route and the Sabre-toothed Tiger Route.
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Castle that was owned by Muley Hacem, he had it built as a wedding gift for Zoraya (Isabel de Solis). Nearby, in the old cemetery of Mondújar, it is believed to be in the Royal Nazari cemetery. Other cemeteries have recently been discovered in the vicinity, when the highway and a recent urbanization were being built.
The castle is built on the Nasrid model of the mid-14th century. According to the book by J. María S. Osuna, the floor plan of the castle was structured in a disorderly and capricious manner (irregular polygon), to adapt to the terrain.
It is located on Castillejo hill, some 600 metres east of the town of Mondújar, between the Fuentezuela and El Castillo ravines. It is situated at an altitude of 879 metres.
In front of this last wall, on the outside, there are the remains of a large cistern, measuring 7.50 x 4.80 metres, built with lime concrete walls that have been plastered and contain remains of almagra. It was covered with a masonry vault of which some remains remain, especially in its north-eastern corner, where one can see its intersection with another small pointed vault that covered the passage through which, from the interior of the fortress, the cistern was accessed to take the water in the form of a horizontal rim.
Town Hall, former summer palace of the Zayas, a sixteenth-century building restored in the 1990s.
After passing the threshold we enter the first patio where we admire its Renaissance doorway, the royal balcony and the noble coat of arms that ends the facade, we enter the palace itself through a hall where we admire two monumental ceramic jars embedded in the ground and with the signatures or anagrams of the craftsmen who made them. We go on to the central square patio with Doric-style Elvira marble columns and Albuñuelas pine wood footings that support the beams and coffered ceilings of the upper corridor. From here the royal staircase of Mudejar style starts, in which we can emphasize the great quality of its small and old tiles decorated by hand and inlaid between the tiles. On the upper floor we can see some magnificent carved bargueños as well as some beautiful collection fans. The current distribution is as follows: on the ground floor, offices and social hall for the elderly, and on the upper floor, the plenary hall, the town hall and the councillors' offices. In the centre of the courtyard we have a Granada style fountain, which gives this space great musicality.
From this patio we go to the French style garden, where we can admire its magnificent boxwood borders, the formidable magnolias, as well as the ancient specimens of false acacias, conifers and Jupiter, watered by the water of its elegant fountains ... We admire a good specimen of strawberry tree, as well as the centenary oak of the annexed garden.
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The work of this church dates from the 16th century. The first stones and ashlars were laid in 1540 by the architect Juan Ajofrin and his son, and it was later finished by Jerónimo García.
One of the curiosities of this place is that before being a church it was the Main Mosque. Between the years 1559 - 1565, through a series of renovations, this space was adapted to the new Christian worship.
Above the portico of the main entrance to the church stands the seated statue of Santa María la Mayor, patron saint and protector of the temple and the town. This doorway was the work of the master stonemason Gaspar de Muriel and was erected in 1559.
In the early morning of August 21, 1569, dawn broke in Padul, when an army of 2,000 Moors tried to reconquer Padul after the Castilian kings' failure to comply with their beliefs, clothing and customs. These Moors deceived the detachment of soldiers that defended the fortress set up in this square and, above all, the absent-minded watchman who, from the tower, scanned the horizon looking towards Dúrcal.
From there they waited for the coming of the Moors, but as good strategists, during the night they walked from Las Albuñuelas and entered our village by the Humilladero (La Cruz de Santa Elena) located at the entrance as they came from Granada. That night there was a fierce fight, blood, fires and deaths.
The Church Santa María la Mayor has in its interior great altarpieces, some of them from the XVI century and due to the characteristics of the paintings, they are probably by the son of Pedro Machuca (Luis) or Juan de Palenque.
In this church is where most of the images that go on procession in Padul during Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. This Padulese Holy Week is catalogued as an event of tourist interest in Andalusia because it is one of the most interesting religious events in the province of Granada.
Next to this church is its beautiful and spacious square, where we find two crosses, of the many that we can find in the entire municipality of Padul.
The most famous of the crosses that we find in the church square is the cross of the Bubbles. It refers to the similarity with the bubbles or lumps sculpted on the body and arms of the cross. Legend has it that during the days of Lent, when fasting and abstinence were to be kept, a good woman went to the Good Friday service mass, and for violating that purpose, when she left the church, the cross swallowed her. This woman, frightened, began to give with all her strength elbows, kicks and knees to escape from the interior of the cross. And that's when those lumps came out of her. They are stories of history, but stories that show the future and the feelings of the people.
In total, seventeen beautiful Crosses mark the streets of Padul or surround the can as a sign and symbol of the religious faith of its inhabitants since long ago.
Some of them and the most known and cared for by the inhabitants of Padul are:
Donated by María Antonia Zayas Osorio Covalche, its state of conservation is very good, due to its restoration in 1991.
This oil mill, located in the town centre, has been in operation from the 15th century to the second decade of the 20th century. It preserves the machinery and is a good example of the different types of mills that have been used throughout history.
At the entrance there is a courtyard where the olives are kept in small tanks (trojes or arrojes). In a first room we can still see an example of a blood mill, of Roman origin, which was moved by the force of an animal, counterclockwise.
It is moved by the driving force of the water, coming from the ditch that descends from the Partidor de la Pavilla.
The oil was collected in the "pozuelos" under the decanting beams.
The pressing process took longer than the grinding and the master miller's assistants, a number of two, continued to work at night. They slept in the "chillers" (beds raised from the ground).
The solid rest (pomace) served as fuel and food for domestic animals. The oil is very sensitive to oxygenation and ages easily. It must be stored well covered and in a cool place. For this reason, the oil mill has jars that are embedded in the ground to keep it longer.