Novelda

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Novelda
Monastery of Santa María Magdalena.
Monastery of Santa María Magdalena.
Coat of arms of Novelda
Coat of arms
Novelda is located in Spain
Novelda
Novelda
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°23′06″N 0°46′05″W / 38.385°N 0.768°W / 38.385; -0.768Coordinates: 38°23′06″N 0°46′05″W / 38.385°N 0.768°W / 38.385; -0.768
Country Spain
Autonomous community Valencian community
Province Alicante
Comarca Vinalopó Mitjà
Government
 • Mayor José Rafael Sáez Sánchez (PP)
Area
 • Total 75.7 km2 (29.2 sq mi)
Elevation 241 m (791 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 27,135
 • Density 360/km2 (930/sq mi)
 • Language Valencian
Demonym Noveldenses (Spanish)
Noveldec, -a (Catalan)
Postcode 03660
Website Official website

Novelda (Valencian: [noˈvɛɫda]; Spanish: [noˈβelda]) is a town located in the province of Alicante, Spain. As of 2009, it has a total population of 27,135 inhabitants.

Novelda has important quarries and mines of marble, limestone, silica, clay and gypsum. It is a major centre of the marble industry.

It was probably settled by Greeks, although it was controlled by Carthaginians and Romans. Some centuries later it was conquered from the Moors by a son of Ferdinand III of Castile.

Places of tourist interest in Novelda include the monastery of Santa María Magdalena (dated from the 19th century), which has a church designed by a disciple of Antoni Gaudí, the Moorish castle of the Mola, with its unique triangular tower, and the Museum of Modernism. This is a well preserved art nouveau house with original artifacts from the 1920s. The house itself is a work of art. The House-Museum is located in a modernist building designed by Pedro Cerdan Martinez (1863-1947) and is now a centre for modernist research and promotion. There are also several natural and salty lakes to visit in the surroundings.

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