It all began more than 300 years ago with Juan Domingo Saporito. This Genoese nobleman, settled in the prosperous Cadiz of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, decided to build a canal to connect the Sancti Petri channel with the land he owned. The objective was to facilitate the transport of goods carried by the candrays and faluchos through the large pipe.

The restored mill building has the boiler and an area of arches and saetines made with ashlars of oyster stone, very characteristic of the area.

The Zaporito pipe was a nucleus of great activity. In addition to the industrial and commercial complex of the tide mill, at different times in its history this area had a shipyard and a ship carpentry activity. It was also a wharf and public bathing area.




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