Mijas - Mijas inaugurates the restoration of its emblematic ‘La Puente’
The structure, prior to 1780, has been restored and equipped with artistic lighting
Mijas has restored and enhanced one of its most emblematic elements: La Puente, a structure located in the historic centre of Mijas Pueblo, between Calle Coín and the old path of Fuente del Algarrobo, whose exact construction date is unknown. but of which there are documents in the Historical Archive of Mijas prior to 1780. “We have beautified the gardens that embrace La Puente, we have restored the infrastructure and we have installed artistic lighting to enhance it at night”, summarized the mayor of Mijas, Josele González (PSOE), last Saturday 12th during the inauguration of these works that began in January this year. The mayor recalled that it is only a first intervention: “we are preparing, with the involvement of the family that owns this property, to recover a commitment that the Local Council of Mijas had with them to create a museum as an interpretation centre, intended to value the grandmothers of Mijas, the women of Mijas, who form an absolutely indispensable part of the history of our town”.
In this restoration, which the company Chapitel has undertaken and in which the council has invested 28,000 euros, various departments within the Mijas Town Hall have worked with the aim of enhancing the area, which was degraded, turning it today into a new attraction for tourists. “It is a small project that did not entail large works, and in which it has not been necessary to make a great economic investment, but it means a lot for the Village of Mijas and it also increases the value of this entire area, which was a bit degraded and becomes another attraction in our municipality that is added to those we already have, especially in Mijas Pueblo, which has a great cultural, archaeological and patrimonial wealth", said the deputy mayor and councillor responsible for the Department of Works, José Carlos Martín (Cs).
For the councillor for Historical Heritage, Laura Moreno (PSOE), the rehabilitation of La Puente is a reason for personal satisfaction due to the symbolism it has for the town. “It is very important from my point of view, that this legislature can end with La Puente restored; It is a tremendous pride, more than anything else, because the project has meant a lot of work and has been waiting for a long time until we were granted permission to restore it. Later we had to see the viability of the project as such and that at no time could La Puente give way because there was danger that it would not be in optimal conditions to be able to restore it”.
The Department of Historical Heritage has been one of the main responsible parties in this rebirth. In the words of the head of the department, Juan José de la Rubia, “it was a structure that was propped up, with a mesh on top, it had many external applications over the years of layers of lime and layers of mortar, additions of pieces that did not corresponded with the original structure. The idea was to remove all those foreign elements that did not belong to La Puente and proceed to stabilise, consolidate and restore the missing parts”. All this, while maintaining the original stones, “only in some moments has it been necessary to replace some of the stones, which, as in all restoration processes and as marked by restoration standards, we can always identify and see because they look different and have a different texture to the original ones”, added De la Rubia.
This recovery has brought many memories to the residents of the area, who recall what this passageway was like decades ago. “There was a house on top of La Puente and an elderly person lived there; There was a 'chilindro' on the patio that fell to the street and many things that remind me of my childhood ... I also used to bathe here because a little further down there was a pool and we would wash there, while everything happened around us. People who lived in the countryside came to Mijas on their donkey and before entering La Puente they took off their old shoes and put on new espadrilles to enter the village”, said Isabel Madueño with her daughter, Loli Burgos, who is also very happy with the restoration and artistic lighting. “Cars and horses used to pass by when men came from the fields to bring things to Mijas”, pointed out Carmen Moreno, who has lived “all her life” in front of La Puente, whose recovery has been a historical demand of the 'Mijeños'.
Source: Mijas Comunicación S.A.