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Grande Waterwheel

Parque de las Norias. Avda. de la Constitución
Abarán

Spanish name: Noria Grande

Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain The Grande waterwheel in Abarán is famous for being the largest one in operation in Europe. It is also known as one of the oldest, as it was built in 1805 and rebuilt in 1951. The waterwheel, which sits on the left bank of the Segura river, used to be vital in the irrigation system of Abarán, as it supplied water to the main irrigated ditch (Blanca) through a 7-kilometer water-distribution network including ditches and channels.
A glass bottle placed between the walls of the waterwheel contains the names of all those who participated in its construction.
 
Name of the waterwheel: Noria Grande de Abarán
Date of last reconstruction: 1951
Irrigation tahullas (1 tahulla = 1118 square meters): 155
Type of crops: Citrus fruits, stone fruits and vegetables
Name of irrigation ditch supplying the waterwheel: Principal-Blanca
Areas irrigated: Azud, Salitre, Secanos, Laza, Alcantarilla, Bajo Solana, Barranco and Camino Molina, Pinar and Carráhila
Waterwheel diameter: 11.92 meters
Waterwheel width: 1.18 meters
Number of spokes: 16 x 2
Number of flat-profile blades: 64
Number of buckets: 64 x 128
Location: Both crowns
Construction materials: Wood, with the shaft and plates made of "sweet" iron
Historical background: Document dated 1805

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Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain
Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain
Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain
Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain
Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain
Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain
Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain
Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain
Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain
Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain
Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain
Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain
Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain
Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain
Grande Waterwheel in Abarán. Spain

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