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Declaration of Cultural Interest Property (BIC) of Villa Romana de los Villaricos (20/03/2020)

The Governing Council of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia has approved today, March 18, 2020, the proposal of the Ministry of Education and Culture, for the declaration of the archaeological site of Los Villaricos de Mula, as Well of Cultural Interest (BIC) with the category of Archaeological Zone.

The General Directorate of Cultural Assets, by Resolution of June 28, 2018, initiated a declaration procedure as a Property of Cultural Interest, at the proposal of the Mula City Council, which drafted a Memory for the declaration of the site as BIC, being approved by the Local Government Board and sent to the General Directorate on March 15, 2018.

The Roman town of Los Villaricos is currently one of the most important heritage and tourist resources in the municipality, receiving numerous visits every weekend.

The site constitutes one of the best examples of rural Roman settlement in the Region of Murcia.

It developed between the 1st and 5th centuries AD.

C. next to the road of the Pantano de la Cierva.

In it, the residential part has been preserved, with a thermal area and domestic spaces around a central patio, and the agricultural and work area, with a torcularium or press to produce wine and an oil mill for obtaining, processing and oil storage.

Once the villa has been abandoned, the residential area will become a place of worship with the transformation of two rooms into a basilica-shaped building, around which numerous burials have been documented.

The villa is included within the Network of Cooperation of Roman Villas of Hispania, entity made up of the 10 best villas in the Iberian Peninsula, being the only villa in the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia that is part of this National Network, for its state of conservation and for the uniqueness of its remains.

Once the mandatory public information procedures have been completed and the procedure has been completed, the regional government has considered that it should be declared a Site of Cultural Interest, with the category of Archaeological Zone.

This new consideration gives access to numerous grants at the regional and state level, and proof of this is the request that the City Council made in February to call for 1.5% of the Cultural Ministry of Development in 2020, with the aim of of an integral intervention in the site to improve its conservation and proceed to its restoration, musealization and enhancement.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Mula

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