Castelló de Rugat: pottery, history and nature.

Hello traveller!

Castelló de Rugat is a beautiful town of the inner part of the province of Valencia. It takes you  to arrive 1 hour from Valencia city by car. Its strategic location has contributed to be a crossroads of the different cultures that have habitat this land throughtout history. At the present there are about 2,277 inhabitants.

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This picture was extracted from Turisme Castelló de Rugat

In the history of Castelló de Rugat the pottery industry has been very important and it has been evolving to this day, the clay lands of the environment have sustained it. Today this production is kept alive, so this charming town has el Museo-Taller de la Cerámica de les Gerres (the Museum- Workshop of Pottery of Gerres). This building includes the museum, the workshop and the archaeological remains of the excavations of the Ducal Palace of the Borja.

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This picture was extracted from Turisme de Castelló de Rugat

Another vestige of the importance of pottery in this town is El Horno (the klin) that is the oldest klin in town and it was built in the 18th century.

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This picture was extracted from Turisme de Castelló de Rugat

A place that is worth visiting is the Local washing place which was built in the 19th century in a building of the 16th century. Close to here there is a tower of old alcohol factory and a pond which was made before 1700.

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In addition, there is La Fuente Mayor ( the main source) that is a source of the spring water and it was opened  in 1881.

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In the Ermita Street is the Medieval Cistern that is a typical construction of Islamic architecture where it was usted to store the water that fell from  ridge outisde the rainy seasons.

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This picture was extracted from Rutas Jaume I

Other interesting side is the Asunción Church which was built on the ancient  Muslim mosque  in 1536 and its style is Baroque. It consists of tree naves and in the cruising and it  catches your eye the dome set on a drum.

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In this town, it was discovered an ancient mosque in the basements  of a house in the historic center. It is one of the few mosques that have been preserved in Comunidad Valenciana. It consists of a prayer room and a patio with two access doors. The garnish is made with glazed tile.

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Another important building is the Palace of the Borja that is situated in the upper part of the town, in the Palau Square. It was built in the 14th century by the Bellvís. Later, it owned to Juan de Borja, son of Pope Alexander VI. Nowadays, it preserves part of the façade.

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This picture was extracted from Rutas Jaime I

The surroundings of Castelló de Rugat are a delightful attraction for any lover of nature and landscape. In the outskirts, you could visit San Antonio Abad y Santa Bárbara Hermitage that was built on the remains of a castle. It is located in a priviliged place where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Albaida Valley.

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If you like hikking, you coul take two natural routes, la Ruta de los Barrancos (the Route of the Ravinces) and la Ruta de la Sierra (the Route of the Range) whose point of departure is in the village. Both routes are suitable  for walking or cycling. In addition, you could enjoy local flora and fauna and during the routes you can come across with architectural remains about etnology.

 

What place do you like most about Castelló de Rugat? Come and discover it.

 

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