L'Alcúdia

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L'Alcúdia
Municipality
L'Alcúdia is located in Spain
L'Alcúdia
L'Alcúdia
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 39°11′45″N 0°30′26″W / 39.19583°N 0.50722°W / 39.19583; -0.50722
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Valencia
Comarca Ribera Alta
Judicial district Carlet
Government
 • Mayor Robert Martínez Correcher
Area
 • Total 23.7 km2 (9.2 sq mi)
Elevation 40 m (130 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 11,246
 • Density 470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demonym Alcudianos, Alcudiencs
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 46250
Official language(s) Valencian
Website Official website

L'Alcúdia is a town and municipality in the province of Valencia, Spain. It is located on the left bank of the river Xuquer.

History[edit]

The locality is named after a 13th-century Moorish farmhouse, granted in 1238 by the Aragonese king Jaume I (James I) to Pere de Montagut. On January 17, 1252 this latter conceded the right to found a township upon these lands to 54 Christian pioneers after the reconquista of the Valencian Moorish territories. The town was involved in many of the conflicts that shook Spain throughout its history: it was sacked during the "Revolta de les Germanies" in the beginning of the 16th century; in the 18th century, during the War of the Spanish Succession, the Bourbon troops plundered it again, and finally, during the Peninsular War it lodged a camp of French troops that looted everything from the villagers, leaving them in debt. During the Spanish Civil War, it was lucky to keep on the rearguard, although this did not spare the town from being bombed by Italian fascist planes, supporting Franco’s uprising.

A former name for this locality in Spanish is Alcudia de Carlet, which was in use during Franco's regime. After Franco's death in 1975 and the institution of democracy in Spain, the name fell into disfavor and the population unanimously voted to change it.[1]

Economic resources[edit]

Up to not many years ago the town relied almost exclusively on its agriculture production (mainly oranges and vegetables), some years ago a new and pretty exotic product was re-introduced into the orchards of l'Alcudia and the surrounding district, the caqui (Persimmon) which has become a major source of revenue for Alcudian growers. l'Alcúdia has recently become an industrial town, with a number of factories producing furniture and general light industry. But undoubtedly the most important company in l'Alcudia is Istobal, a leading Spanish company in the design, manufacture and marketing of car wash solutions for the Automotive industry.

Main sights[edit]

Notable architectural structures in the municipality include:

  • The Franciscan convent, ca. 1600, in ruins but with plans for restoration in progress
  • Church of the Immaculada (Verge de la Purisima) in Montortal, 17th century.
  • Church of Sant Andreu.
  • The Waterwheel (La Noria), dating from the 19th century,
  • La Mota, an aqueduct from the 19th century that pumped water from the Royal Irrigation Canal of the river Xuquer and provided water to almost the whole zone
  • The House of Culture, inaugurated in 1987, a modern and singular building.
  • L'Hort de Manus, where the Verge of the Church of Sant Andreu was reportedly hidden under a cattle trough during the Spanish Civil War

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