Musketeers in the Valley

Thursday, September 7, 2017
By Martin Myall

LEC Beznar Musketeers 2The Lecrin Town Hall, which is responsable for several villages, is hoping to see hundreds of people turning up for the Beznar Fiestas this coming weekend.

The village of Beznar (next to the reservoir of the same name) will be holding its Mosqueteros fiestas from the 8th to the 10th, which is one of the oldest traditions in the province, dating back to the XVI Century (1571).

There will be plenty of flower and bangs, the former in the hats of the musketeers and the bangs from their replica firearms. (arquebus). There is a statue of one of these musketeers in the square next to the church. The interesting thing is that there are still a few original arquebuses in existence, passed down from generation to generation.

The fiesta is a celebration of the rescue mission to recover a holy statue from Muslim insurrectionists in the Alpujarra. As the mission was successful, the villagers were given to form a brotherhood of musketeers. Today, the brotherhood still exists and it is they that will be dressing up in uniform and firing their weapons all through the fiestas.

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The Mayor of Lecrin, Salvador Ramírez Góngora, explained that the municipality of Lecrin consists of six villages: Talara, Acequias, Beznar, Chite, Muchas and Mondujar. None of them is called Lecrin, as that is only the name of the valley where they are situated.

(News: Beznar, Valle de Lecrin, Granada, Andalucía)

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