L'Alcora

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L'Alcora
Municipality
Castle of Alcalatén
Castle of Alcalatén
Flag of L'Alcora
Flag
Coat of arms of L'Alcora
Coat of arms
L'Alcora is located in Spain
L'Alcora
L'Alcora
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 40°4′N 0°12′W / 40.067°N 0.200°W / 40.067; -0.200
Country  Spain
Community  Valencian Community
Province Castellón
Comarca Alcalatén
Government
 • Mayor Manuel J. Peris Salvador
Area
 • Total 94.90 km2 (36.64 sq mi)
Elevation 279 m (915 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 11,150
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Demonym Alcorinos
Website Official website

L'Alcora (Valencian pronunciation: [laɫˈkoɾa] is a municipality in the comarca of Alcalatén, Valencian Community, Spain.

History[edit]

Traces of human presence in the area date from the Bronze Age. Also present are remains from the Iberian, Roman and Moorish ages, the latter including the castle, which gives the name to L'Alcora's comarca. The fortress was reconquered by the Christians in 1233, after which the current town started to expand at the expenses of the fortress's previous borough.

Main sights[edit]

  • Castle of Alcalatén (10th-13th centuries), a Moorish fortress later modified after the Christian conquest. It has an irregular triangular plan, with two large towers.
  • Hermitage of St. Vincent (1598)
  • Hermitage of St. Christopher (17th century)
  • Iberian settlement of Montmirá
  • Fortified hermitage of El Salvador
  • Museum of Ceramics (Royal Factory of Alcora faience)

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