Novelda is located in the province of Alicante, in Middle Region of Vinalopó. It takes you half an hour to reach by car or bus from Alicante.
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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.
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Another modernist building is Gómez- Tortosa Cultural Center which was a family house. Nowadays, here it is the tourist office. The most important space is the courtyard that is surrounded by marble columns and it is covered by skylight.
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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.
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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.
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If you love modernist art, why don´t you visit Novelda?