Novelda and Modernism.

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Novelda is located in the province of Alicante, in Middle the Region of Vinalopó and it has a population of around 26,000 inhabitants. It takes you half an hour to reach by car or bus from Alicante city and almost 2 hours from Valencia by car.

This picture was extracted from Weather-Forecast

This village is well-known for the production of grapes, species and marble trade. Moreover, it has a vast artistic heritage such as Modernist House Museum which was mansion of a bourgeois family and it was built between 1900 to 1903 by Pedro Cerdán Martínez (1863-1947) who was a Murcian architect. This house consists of three floors which keep lush modernist decorations and furniture. The staircase has an artistic wrought-iron banister and the skylight window is awesome.

One of these pictures was extracted from Nikonistas

A few metres from here, you can find another impressive modernist building, Gómez- Tortosa Cultural Center which was a family house. Nowadays, here it is the tourist office and the municipal consumer service office. The most important space is the courtyard that is surrounded by marble columns and it is covered by skylight, here different events are held such as weddings.

One of these pictures was extracted from Maravillas ocultas de España

La Mola Castle is 3 km from Novelda. It is a islamic fortress which was built in the 12th century. The most significant part of the architectural remains is the triangular tower of the 15th century in the weapons courtyard. It is also known as “Tower of the three peaks” and it is the unique triangular tower from all over Spain. This structure is composted of masonry and ashlar on the corners to reinforce, and its entrance is through a semicircular arch.

 This picture was extracted from Museo Arqueológico de Novelda

The architectural jewel is Sanctuary of Santa María Magdalena that is a modernist building designed by the textil engineer Jose Sala Sala from Novelda. He studied in Tarrassa and went to Barcelona while Gaudí was making The Sagrada Familia so the work of this artist influenced over him. The towers on the façade are similar to Gaudí´s. This temple was started to be built from 1918 to 1946. It took so long to be completed because the fund was removed and the interior design was changed. Now, you can come across inside the temple with an awesome marble organ and paintings that show the life of Saint Magdalena who is the Patron Saint of Novelda.

One of these pictures was extracted from  Mapio

The Patron Saint Festivities, in honour of Santa María Magdalena, are held from the 19th to 25th of July. The origin of these celebrations is in 1866 when the local government decided to hold the Feast Days of Santa María Magdalena because they wanted to thank her for avoiding the cholera epidemic reached this village. At the present, several events are hold  during these days, such as La Portà which is a religious pilgrimage from Sanctuary of Santa María Magdalena to Novelda. It is held in the 20th of July.

Also, you can enjoy several walking trails where you will discover beautiful landscapes, native flora and fauna and archeological remains. For example, you can discover Les Salinetes or Clots de la Sal, which are small salt lakes and the ruins of the ancient spa that was built by a bourgeois from Novelda in the mid-19th century, when the Madrid – Alicante railway line was created and spa resorts were a trend among the European bourgeoisie. The decline of this spa began in 1931, and it was bought by a company years later. This complex was dismantled and its materials and other components were used to build other buildings.

One of these pictures was extracted from  Geoelx

If you love modernist art, why don´t  you visit Novelda?


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