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"Museums really are
the sites at which time
transformed into space".
The Museum of Arts and Traditions, arises from the demand of the Cómpeta villages own residents and many visitors. Born with the vocation to be a permanent tribute to the rural and peasant family not forgetting the customs and traditions in the village, which are represented with careful recreation, to be well preserved and disseminated.
The cultural center occupies two floors of the former headquarters of the Guardia Civil (s.XIX), a magnificent and unique style building entirely sober.
Through the acquisition of the necessary equipment, the implementation of small reforms, and especially thanks to the contribution and selfless donation of the residents of Cómpeta, created this museum that houses the ancient utensils used in agricultural activities (plowing, treaking, transport, etc.) and other economic (shops, slaughter, wood oven, carpentry, blacksmithing ...), costumes and all cultural, artistic and folkloric manifestations that form the cast of the cultural heritage of the region.
It is further intended that this center will become the tourist hub of all promotional campaigns of the municipalities of the Sierras Tejada, Almijara and Alhama.
It will also have a photographic archive comprising high quality heritage, festivals and customs, landscapes and other aspects of interest of the town of Cómpeta.
The tour begins at the main entrance, as the exhibition begins from this surrounding the central hall.
The exhibition is spread over two floors, the first where traditional forms of work, such as the material used for this work, so that visitors can understand more the culture and history of this village in the Axarquia recreated; A second room is dedicated to exhibitions at the service of citizenship and culture.
Among the different agencies we can find the Noble room, central room where are wooden ceilings with Moorish style aimed at presenting cultural events, lectures, poetry readings, etc.
One of the most characteristic stands of labour activity in Cómpeta is recreating an ancient wine press where each farmer produces exquisite wine that distinguishes the people in every corner of the planet.
Even today many residents have in their cottages this magical place designed to squeeze and liquefy the muscat grapes.
The competeña society had a subsistence economy, which meant that each family cultivated a plot where a small number of each of the products that characterize agriculture in the area, such as olives, -variety nevadilla-, which obtained the oil need for the annual consumption of united family member; in turn there emerged companies processing and marketing of Raisin and muscatel wine, as well as other products such as almond or fig.
The distance from the capital led for centuries to small businesses emerging that met the most basic agricultural life emerged grocery stores, butcher shops, bakeries, carpentry, forges, mills, factory need of a soda, noodle factory, etc.
Alongside these were emerging other professions that we might call complementary tile making tejares, Esparto, work collection of aromatic plants from the Sierra Almijara to manufacture cologne a bee colonys producing honey, etc.
These samples appear showing the diversity of our museum.
A notable place in each household was the stable, usually with the house was essential to local life; where the farm animals for family food family found shelter, also many of the tools used for work until they were needed ...
... And the "porta" of the farmhouse, always white and flirtatious, surrounded by geraniums, jasmine and lady of the night and usually with a vine roof; aplace that was always the most privileged, where they the worked in Raisin, ate in the hot summers and in the remaining days of the year allowed shelter. It was a silent witness to the summer holidays, and even the delightful days of slaughter of the food, abundant and generous, where gathered many friends at a party.
Walking through the museum, you enter in this world of "trabajao" and yet so full of calm and peace, so full of love for things well done, so close to your life; and each stand will speak to you, of yesterday in this village, sweet and cozy, life of a people you will always find open.
VISITING HOURS: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 15: 00hrs
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CUSTOMS
C / HORNO
TEL: 952 51 60 06