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Adopted declaration of cultural interest for Los Baños de Fortuna (25/05/2016)

The Governing Council has approved a proposal of the Ministry of Culture and Spokesman, the statement of Los Baños de Fortuna as of Cultural Interest (BIC) with the category of archaeological zone.

The archaeological site of Los Baños de Fortuna consists of the Sanctuary, the Hospedería and Cantera, cultural and chronologically assigned to the Roman period, although with successive phases of occupation in modern Islamic and medieval times.

On the perimeter of these areas there is abundant archaeological material, mostly ceramic, defined by the majority presence of Roman productions and, to a lesser extent, medieval and modern.

The Baths of Fortuna is a basic reference for the study of thermal waters in Roman times.

It is a monumental building, considered one of the most important of the lberian peninsula and found parallels in other regions of the Mediterranean as ltaly or Syria.

It has been used in an almost uninterrupted from Iberian times to the nineteenth century, when it ceases to arise thermal water and spa is moved 300 meters south, which has allowed the study of the evolution of spas throughout history .

The thermal springs of Los Baños de Fortuna has been recurrent meeting point and settlement of people throughout history and is associated with the cultural essence of the Region of Murcia itself.

In the environment of the site there are a lot of points of archaeological interest in the continued occupation from prehistoric times is found.

Consideration as archaeological zone stems from the need to protect and preserve the existing assets in that area, given the importance and cultural value of the archaeological remains of coverage, as well as the need to ensure the integrity of the physical and environmental.

The procedure for the declaration of BIC with category of Archaeological Zone began in December 2013 and has favorable reports from the University of Murcia and the Royal Academy Alfonso X the Wise.

Source: CARM

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