Alcalà de Xivert
|Alcalà de Xivert|
|Autonomous community||Valencian Community|
|Judicial district||Castelló de la Plana|
|• Total||167.5 km2 (64.7 sq mi)|
|Elevation||155 m (509 ft)|
|• Density||47/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
The main town is located inland in a flat valley between the two mountain ranges of Serra d'Irta and Serra de les Talaies. There is no river in the valley; instead the water emerges in natural ponds known as basses.
Its castle occupied a strong position for the control of the routes along the Mediterranean coast. Here stood a Moorish castle (the name of the town derives from Arabic al-qalat = "the castle") that was captured by James I of Aragon in 1234, who also resettled the place with Christian villagers.
Sites of interest
The landmark of the town is the Esglèsia de Sant Joan Baptista (Church of Saint John the Baptist), built in 1736–1766, with a large dome, a noteworthy Baroque portal, and a 68-metre-high tower, which is visible from many miles away.
The castle of Xivert, was built by the Moors in the 12th century and later conquered by the Knights Templar.
- Paco González Ramírez - El País Valencià, poble a poble, comarca a comarca
- Fabricio Cardenas, Vieux papiers des Pyrénées-Orientales, Eclipse solaire de 1905 à Perpignan, 20 March 2015
- Instituto Nacional de Estadística (Spain)INE 2008 census
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