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THE WATER ROUTE

This tour gives you an opportunity to approach the rural area, the result of the effort and tasks carried out throughout generations in la Safor over the centuries. It is an unknown cultural inheritance, which is very surprising as well as vulnerable, which has contributed to the socio-economic development of our region throughout time. We will visit the fundamental elements of the historical irrigation infrastructures, such as irrigation dams, ditches, channels or mill dams. We will learn about the various uses of water, as well as the evolution of crops throughout history.

 “CLAY AND WATER IN LA SAFOR” TOUR,
a visit to the village of Potries

Reception: Plaça del País Valencia. Welcome speech and brief explanation about the activities during the tour.

Visit to The Sants Joans Parish Church: This became a church by the end of the 16th century; before it was a governmental building of the Moriscos which belonged to Oliva. The church was built in the religious, architectural style so characteristic of that time. There is believed to have been at least two interventions that have enlarged the church at the Gospel side. The first intervention, which was carried out between the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century, mainly concerns the lateral chapels and the façade. The second one, which was finished by the first quarter of the 19th century, suggests the construction of a new chapel next to the crossing and was dedicated to Saint Blaise.

Visit to the Potries Museum Collection: the permanent exhibition is provisionally located on the top floor of the Town Hall, a building which is a magnificent example of the 17th Century noble architecture of our rural environment. A very accurate restoration, which was carried out at the beginning of the 1980´s, made possible the proper preservation of this building, with regards to the conservation of some singular features, such as the grilles on the facades, the interesting ceramic paving or the wooden beams from the original house. This building also houses the various rooms needed for the Town Council of Potries. The exhibition shows us: the historical evolution of pottery production in Potries, a selection of Roman materials and fired glazed ceramics, the production centres, the production process, the products and their trade and the artisans of clay.

Visit to Angel Dominguez’s pottery. At present, this is being restored. It is the last testimony to the pottery activity in the village of Potries. It is situated in the urban area where some other potteries were also located. We have documents that prove the existence of five other industries in production by the beginning of the 20th century.

Visit to the Santíssim Crist de l’Agonia hermitage The hermitage lies on top of a little hill... Opposite the building there is a small circus which acts as a balcony facing the vegetable gardens and orchards, offering a spectacular view. The chapel that we can see today was built by the middle of the 19th century, although previously there was a small construction that sheltered the image of Christ, which was placed there after the death of its owners in 1799. In architectural terms, the hermitage can be labelled Neoclassical, which was still current during the first half of the 19th century.

Lunch
The water route. The situation of the region of Potries, on the banks of river Serpis and at the beginning of a plain which stretches to the sea, has made this area a profitable place due to the fertile land and the river. A rich legacy stems from the water distribution network of a region which is essentially agricultural and traditionally focused on irrigation crops, which offers an exceptional interest example. This tour provides the chance to stroll around the irrigation channels, water diversions and mill dams which, by following the water route, turns into a magnificent history lesson.