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Guided visits to Mazarrón cemeteries return this summer to the sound of music (20/06/2020)

| The registration period for the first one, to be held on June 27, opens today through the Tourism website visitmazarron.com and murciaturistica.es | Music and history go hand in hand in the new programming of the free and guided routes organized by the Department of Culture to learn about the heritage that the municipal cemetery of Mazarrón, which has just turned 120, treasures.

On this occasion, and as a novelty, the cultural itinerary will be completed with the interpretation of short musical pieces, in accordance with the explanations offered throughout the journey.

Guided by the journalist Miguel Rubio and with the accompaniment of the young Mazarron musician José García Vicente, the visitor will be able to take a tour of the golden years of Mazarrón mining and by the characters who starred in that exciting page of history. The program includes seven visits until September; The first of them will be next Saturday, the 27th, at 6:00 p.m.

Registrations can now be done online. Due to the measures taken on the occasion of Covid-19, the groups are limited to eleven people.

The approximate duration of each pass is one and a half hours. 'Life and death between two centuries', as this cultural proposal is called, sets out a journey through the years of the 'boom' in industrial mining, from 1870 to the first decades of the 20th century, to learn about the economic takeoff that Mazarrón experienced , thanks to its wealth in metals, and what the population's day-to-day life was like, with almost 24,000 souls, at that time.

It also represents a review of the exploits and misadventures of the protagonists of that recent past, who rest in the necropolis, such as the doctor Filomeno Hostench, the singer Rigoberta Samper, the mayor Ginés Granados or the scribe Francisco Povo, among many other characters.

In almost all the stops that are part of this cultural walk (from the autopsy room to the historical pantheons),José García Vicente will perform classical music on a transverse flute and will offer a brief overview of each of the compositions and their relationship to the context of the visit. The municipal cemetery of Mazarrón was inaugurated on June 5, 1900 and is part of the modern facilities that were built as a result of the growth registered by the town under the exploitation of its mining reserves.

Two famous architects of the time, Justo Millán Espinosa and Francisco de Paula Oliver Rolandi, participated in its construction.

With a functional design, although not without quality details, the most monumental pantheons were run by the family sagas who made their fortune thanks to the metal business and who wanted to record their power also in their funeral mausoleums. The Deputy Mayor for Culture, Ginés Campillo, stressed that "it is an initiative that is very well received and that, although with a smaller number of participants than on other occasions, we are going to do it again this summer because, in addition to offer for those who visit us, they also represent an enhancement of our history and the heritage of Mazarrón to make known to all those who visit us this summer.

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Source: Ayuntamiento de Mazarrón

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