Archidona, year 756: the Umayyad prince Abd al-Rahman becomes emir and creates a new emirate, independent from Baghdad, which will last until 929. From this time on and until the 11th century, Archidona was the capital of the dominant region of Rayya. This Andalusian administrative district that would occupy the current province of Córdoba's southern highlands as well as a significant part of the province of Málaga.
Created by the City Hall of Archidona, the museum aims to contribute to the recognition, protection, research and dissemination of historical and cultural identity of Archidona. Their existence answers the Heritage Act of the Andalusian Government of 1991, which highlights the mission of local councils to enhance and publicize the cultural value of the Andalusian Historical Heritage properties residing in the municipality. In the specific case of Archidona, this Act incorporated the Declaration of the City as a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1980.
Archidona, year 756: the Umayyad prince Abd al-Rahman becomes emir and creates a new emirate, independent from Baghdad, which will last until 929. From this time on and until the 11th century, Archidona was the capital of the dominant region of Rayya. This Andalusian administrative district would occupy the current province of Córdoba’s southern highlands as well as a significant part of the province of Málaga.
Besides conserve, research and display goods that are forming their small but significant collection, the museum added a profile as Interpretation Centre in representing a synthesis, expression and decoding keys of Archidona Cultural Heritage. In this museum, local inhabitants can discover and transmit their own identity and foreigner can access to the knowledge of the history and culture of Archidona.
ABOUT THE BUILDING
The Municipal Museum's building is known as "La Cilla", which once served as the granary of the Dukes of Osuna, Lords of the Village. Originally, the building dates back to the 16th century, although its exquisite white-stone façade dates back to the 18th century. Between 1980 and 1985, La Cilla was converted into the new Town Hall. For this purpose, the Carrera Street wing was fitted out for municipal administration facilities while the Plaza de la Victoria wing had other uses until it became the current headquarters of the museum.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
At the moment visitors have access to the three rooms reserved for the “Archidona y su tiempo” section, which opened its doors on the 19th of December 2004. Two large thematic units are displayed in this section:
The “Memoria Histórica” (Spanish for Historical Memory) in Room 1 covers Archidona's development from prehistoric times to the present day.
The “Memoria Colectiva” (Spanish for Collective Memory) in Room 3 presents Archidona's annual cycle of festivals and celebrations.