Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Collecting water

Lola taking home a jar of water collected from the Alquibla canal, which today is located in front of the Municipal Auditorium Francisco Grau. This ditch is more than 1000 years old.

The physical aspect of Bigastro - its limestone formations and its Arab heritage in the form of ditches, makes water culture one of its main hallmarks.

The street in the photograph is one of the oldest in the town,Calle San Joaquín.

I don't have a date for this photograph but judging from the clothes etc, it could well be in the 50s or even the 60s.

In those days there was a public wash house located where the Auditorium stands. Women would take their washing there, they had no means to wash at home.

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