Original title: La Ruta dels Picapedrers. [2010, Spain]
Original audio: Castilian spanish (Transcription into English below)
Documentary about Xeresa: a mediterranean village in the region of Valencia (Spain). This place is worth visiting because its privileged geographical location: established within the mountains and pretty close to one of the most beautiful and valuable beaches in Spain.
Visitors could enjoy the living history of the village, the natural mountain routes with amazing landscapes and the gorgeous beach.
THE STONE QUARRY
“La Ruta dels Picapedrers” is one of the certified touristic interest authorized routes, that tries to introduce the artistic tradition of stone-carving, developed during the XIX and XX centuries in Xeresa.
To access the stone quarry, visitors must follow the way of “El Cementeri Vell”, cross under the motorway bridge and go straight, until coming across the start route point.
“La partida de la Pedrera” is the old-stone extraction area.
Nowadays, the stone-prints of the extraction process are still preserved.
Visitors could also have a look to the methodology of work implemented to transform raw rocks into perfectly-shaped blocks of stone for architectonical use.
These stone blocks would be used as decorative elements of the façades of the richest houses in Xeresa.
Another interesting elements remaining in the quarry are the cottages: designed as a refuge used by the quarry workers when bad weather impeded them to descend the mountain.
On the top of the mountain where the Stone quarry is located, there is a spectacular viewpoint, where visitor would enjoy the wonderful panorama seen from here: “La Pedrera”, “La Vinya Riu-Rau”, “Les Senilleres” and “El Racó de la Ferradura”.
Once the rural part of the route has been cleared, “La Ruta dels Picapedrers” continues along the urban part of the village, where the façades built with the Stone blocks of the quarry can be watched.
Disposed along the streets there are several examples of these constructions.
Should be specially point out “La Font de la Pila” and the local wash house.
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