Noria de la Ñora

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Irrigation water wheel

Translated by Lottie Davies — 2 years ago

Original text by Maika Cano Martínez

Close to the city of Murcia, in the district of La Ñora, you will find one of the most valuable symbols of both the region and the Huerta de Murcia, the Noria de la Ñora.

The water wheel serves to hoist the water and irrigate the land. It is still in operation, although it looks more like an obsolete mechanism. The wheel has a diameter of 12 metres and it has been installed here since 1936, sitting over the La Aljufía irrigation ditch. It was declared a Bien de Interés Cultural in 1982, and before 1936, there was another wooden wheel in its place.

Irrigation water wheel

The aqueduct next to the water wheel measures 220 metres, is made of brick, and together, with the wheel, they irrigate the northern part of the Huerta de Murcia.

You can see a scale model of the Noria de la Ñora in the shopping mall, Thader, as it is one of the symbols of Murcia for being an old object that still works, and is one of the best-preserved water wheels amongst all of those found in Spain.

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