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The Tribunal de Las Aguas meets outside the Door of the Apostles in the Plaza de la Virgen, every Thursday at midday, keeping alive a one thousand year old tradition. The proceedings are in the Valencian language and all decisions are final, not subject to appeal. The Water Tribunal is the only legislative structure established by Jaime I which still functions. The Arabs were already using an irrigation system, based on the distribution of the water from the River Turia and the monarch officially established this tribunal to control it. The tribunal is made up of eight farmers who still wear the typical black blouse of the Huerta (the irrigated fields around Valencia). The members are democratically elected every two years by the farmers who use the irrigation system in the Huerta. They sit in a circle on wood and leather 17th century chairs, and make their rulings. The structure of the irrigation system, the participation of the farmers, and the promptness with which the problems are resolved has made the Tribunal world famous and it has been used as a model for other institutions. Efficient and quintessentially Valencian, the Tribunal de las Aguas meets in front of an interested public which often includes young university students as well as tourists.
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  • Berns
    Bernsover 1 year ago


    The Tribunal de Las Aguas meets outside the Door of the Apostles in the Plaza de la Virgen, every Thursday at midday, keeping alive a one thousand year old tradition. The proceedings are in the Valencian language and all decisions are final, not subject to appeal. The Water Tribunal is the only legislative structure established by Jaime I which still functions. The Arabs were already using an irrigation system, based on the distribution of the water from the River Turia and the monarch officially established this tribunal to control it. The tribunal is made up of eight farmers who still wear the typical black blouse of the Huerta (the irrigated fields around Valencia). The members are democratically elected every two years by the farmers who use the irrigation system in the Huerta. They sit in a circle on wood and leather 17th century chairs, and make their rulings. The structure of the irrigation system, the participation of the farmers, and the promptness with which the problems are resolved has made the Tribunal world famous and it has been used as a model for other institutions. Efficient and quintessentially Valencian, the Tribunal de las Aguas meets in front of an interested public which often includes young university students as well as tourists.

  • Karen E Camilleri
    Karen E Camilleriover 1 year ago

    How fascinating Berns, great capture !!

  • Thank you Hon !

    – Berns

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 1 year ago

    1000 years. Mind boggling. Don’t suppose there’s ever been a woman amongst this distinguished lot?
    Do you understand everything people say?
    Are these meetings interesting?
    Gorgeous old surrounds. Love it. :)

  • I don’t think the Spaniards would allow a woman! I was there for thee first time on Thursday, discovered this by accident when I was researching Valencian History, I don’t speak Valencia, but can understand it, all that was done was the guy with the hat called out their names, they all nodded, “anything to discuss” no… and they trundled off again, I waited for an hour and got 20 seconds !

    – Berns

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 1 year ago

    hmmm reminds me of something else lol

  • Do tell M !

    – Berns

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 1 year ago

    Marvellous and such a amazing image Berns …. Superb social history captured in your very own special style .. Wow

  • Valerie Rosen
    Valerie Rosenover 1 year ago

    What a timeless image. Well done, Berns! :-)

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 1 year ago

    nah… because, ummm, that would be telling :)
    lol, just joshing xox

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  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 1 year ago

    Interesting work and words with it Berns, xxo

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 1 year ago

    So interesting Berns and so well captured!!! xoxoxxoxo

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