Crevillent

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Crevillent
Crevillent
Municipality
Church of Mare de Déu de Betlem
Church of Mare de Déu de Betlem
Flag of Crevillent
Flag
Coat of arms of Crevillent
Coat of arms
Crevillent is located in Spain
Crevillent
Crevillent
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°14′55″N 0°48′32″W / 38.24861°N 0.80889°W / 38.24861; -0.80889
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Alicante
Comarca Baix Vinalopó
Judicial district Elx
Government
 • Mayor César Augusto Asencio Adsuar (PP)
Area
 • Total 104.50 km2 (40.35 sq mi)
Elevation 130 m (430 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 28,609
 • Density 270/km2 (710/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 03330
Official language(s) Valencian
Website Official website

Crevillent (Valencian pronunciation: [kɾeviˈʎent], Spanish: Crevillente [kɾeβiˈʎente]) is a town and municipality located in the Alicante province, part of the Valencian Community, Spain. It is situated in the comarca of Baix Vinalopó, and lies at the foot of the hill range known locally as Serra de Crevillent. As of 2009, it has a total population of 28,609 inhabitants.

The terrain is dry, and its main vegetation is composed by carob trees, almond trees, olive trees and esparto. Crevillent is a major producer and exporter of carpets and pomegranates.

The town was probably settled by Romans. In 1263, during the period known as Reconquista, James I of Aragon captured the city from the Moors and became a part of the Kingdom of Valencia.

The most important tourist places of the city are is a museum with works of Mariano Benlliure, a Valencian sculptor. Also remarkable is its Moros i Cristians festival.

Many of the agricultural areas, particularly El Realengo, contain ruins of prisons, ovens and torture houses used during Francisco Franco's reign and the Spanish Civil War in the early 1900s.

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