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You are at the Touristic Information Point (TIP), which will allow you to get to know the sights of the local culture. We have set out a circular route of the urban landscape for you to enjoy its main heritage sites, this route will be guided with visible signs on the ground made of ceramic pieces, and they will clearly mark the directions to be made, allowing you to see the most important places. We hope the experience will be pleasant and that it will be an excuse to come back again.
In the square, protected by a magnificent group of twelve centenary plane trees, the parish church is highlighted, devoted to Saint Sebastian, historically called as a defence against the plague and the religious enemies. It was consecrated in 1911 due to the state of ruin of the old temple.
For the new building, they counted with the help of the archbishop of Granada José Meseuer and Costa (Alicún and the group of La Alpujarra belonged to the archdiocese of Granada), that is the reason why its shield is on the frontage.
The simple building has only one nave and it was built in masonry and brick, facing imitating stone ashlars. Inside the decoration is highlighted with neo gothic chapels.
This spring-pools water comes up from the deep, it is the witness of the historical thermal baths of Alicún, already mentioned by muslin geographic Al-Idrisi and built within the first settlement of the village.
On the other hand, the stylish construction that can be seen at the bottom of the pond really corresponds to the old clock tower which ruled the life of the people.
Although it could have been tried first with the romans, these baths were cited during the 12th century. The bath rooms are reduced to a small pool and a hall, which is locked in a building today, commonly known as "El Cuartillo", located behind the tower.
To use the baths you had to pay, the price was one peseta in the old days, benefiting the council funds. The baths were languishing until its closure in the 70s.
The public washing sites were essential elements of the female socialization, the best place of communication for women without the tutoring of the priest, father or husband, for these reasons it was used far beyond its use as a washing area.
But they were also essential for the washing purpose before the public service in the rural house during the 60s and the 70s of the previous century.
This washing site, also, uses the water coming from the thermal bath, which was very positive in the quality of life for the women of Alicún, who were free from washing with cold water during winter, as would normally happen in the rest of the villages.
At the end of the central channel of the washing site, it is located the water distributions area which controls and distributes the water among the different arms of the different payments.
After our walk along the orange trees we arrive to this house, which correspond to the model of bourgeois historical house of Almeria at the end of the 19th century, widely represented along the city, but it was clearly different from the typical houses of the Alpujarra.
The two floors buildings, shows a frontage framed by side plasters and organized with the perfectly distribute gaps symmetrically and classical. The inside was distributed around the typical light courtyard or lucernario, in this case it was given prestige by the gallery or poly-lobed arch way.
Inside the graveyard we can find what it seems an interior hermitage but there isn’t anything else but the remains of the old church more precisely its side room.
With the arrival of the Illustrate hygienic impetus of the 18th century, during the centuries 19th and 20th century, cemeteries were taken out of the churches and placed outside the towns. Nevertheless, the particularity of Alicún is that instead of the cemetery moving, because of the deterioration of the old church as well as the eccentricity of the centre of the village, it is the church what disappeared.
Nowadays there are barely any ruins of the old side room of the major chapel, recently consolidated, covered by an elegant dome decorated with drawings of vegetables on scallops, with pleasant angels paintings which was very typical of the rococo pictures of the 18th century.
After visiting the side room of the old Church, located in the current cemetery, we should retake our steps to continue the route marked by the signs.
House number 5 Huécija Street we could find a second example of the bourgeois historical house, the special feature is the enclosure of the lowest gaps imitating the ashlar, as well as in the corners. In addition the filigree of the balcony rail shows us the good economic situation of the old owners, since the importance of the bars have always been a common element of social distinction.
Continuing in the streets of Huécija and Angel Street, our route fades out when we go into the high neighbourhoods of Alicun, which still have the characteristic of the medieval muslin urban style which preserved the family privacy: narrow intricate streets and adarves (streets without exits which lead inside the most private houses.
From the end of the Pollo Street we can climb to La Cruz Viewpoint, which dominates the Andarax Valley. Finally, we can finish our walk coming back to the square.