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OLD

GRINDING PLANT

This old factory building was purchased by the Municipality of Serpa and, in 2011, transformed into a project that is open to the public. A new space was added and the two buildings now house the Musibéria - Centro Internacional de Músicas e Danças do Mundo Ibérico (International Centre for Music and Dance of the Iberian World).

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THE ORIGINAL BUILDING

consists of two stories and four rooms, connected by pieces of machinery that correspond to the various stages of transformation of the grain, in a vertical typology that allowed the entire production circuit to take place in a single building. The grinding wheels system, built in Belgium by the Léon Michel-Simonis atelier, is especially interesting and was installed on the ground floor of the factory in its early years of operation. One of the rooms on the first floor houses the silos (with the grain to be ground) and another the sieves and various equipment.

 

The grinding plant museological project is based on the in situ preservation of all of the equipment (which is still in good repair) that may one day be put into operation once again, for pedagogical purposes.

 

With the Municipal Museum of Ethnography closed for renovation works, several exhibits from that museum - a large part of the ethnographic collection representative of the traditional arts and crafts - were recently installed in the Old Grinding Plant, thus allowing the public some access to that collection.

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HISTORY

A grain grinding plant was established in Serpa at the beginning of the twentieth century, by initiative of Nova Companhia Nacional de Moagem, a large industrial company established in 1907 with headquarters in Lisbon. The building where this unit was installed, located in Largo da Senhora dos Remédios, was bought in 1913 by the company (represented by its directors, Manuel Rodrigues Vaquinhas and Eugénio Lança) from Manuel Francisco Veiga, an industrialist, and his wife, Maria José Gomes Veiga, residents in the town of Serpa, and Leopoldo Diniz Parreira Cortez and his wife Berta Parreira Cortez, residents of Herdade da Retorta.

 

In 1919, the Nova Companhia Nacional de Moagem merged with another company, creating the Companhia Industrial de Portugal e Colónias, S.A.R.L. which, on a date prior to 1923, sold the Serpa factory to a local firm, the Sociedade Cooperativa de Exploração Mecânica Agrícola, which later became the Sociedade de Moagem Serpense Lda.

ADDRESS

Rua Dr. Afonso Henriques do Prado Castro e Lemos

7830-393 Serpa

HOURS

Monday to Friday
10.30h-12h30 and 14h30-19h30 

PHONE

00351 284 540 124 (Culture and Heritage Department of the Municipality of Serpa)

EMAIL

culturapatrimonio@cm-serpa.pt

NOTES

Entrance through the Musiberia - Centro Internacional de Músicas e Danças do Mundo Ibérico gate.