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Culture and Monuments

Given Orihuelas rich cultural past, there are many historical monuments worth visiting in the town which make it the important historical municipality it is. There are a variety of Roman, Gothic and renaissance monuments, with many churches, convents and palaces, some of which have been declared National Historic Monuments.

Orihuela is the municipality of Valencia that reportedly has interest as many artistic buildings that have been converted into historical landmarks.

Some elements of culture within Orihuelas monuments are:

Orihuela has one of the largest and most interesting cultural heritages in the area, which is in part thanks to the literary legacy of Miguel Hernández Gilabert, a name easily recognised by many experts and lovers of poetry. Orihuela is the town where Miguel was born and grew up. You can still view his legacy in many of the towns corners, and the mountain of San Miguel ... Miguel Hernandez is still remembered fondly in Orihuela and his legacy lives on in its historical monuments, culture and people.

A visit to Orihuela will allow you to know more about his life, to get to know the man and the poet. We can visit:

Casa Museo Natal de Miguel Hernández (where he was born)
Sala de Exposiciones (Exhibition Centre)
Fundación Miguel Hernández (His foundation)
Colegio de Santa Domingo (Escuela del Ave María)
Around the Cathedral
Monte de San Miguel y Seminario
Cementerio de Nuestro Padre Jesús (Cenemtary)
Neighbourhood of San Antón
San Antón Palm grove and the surrounding area

Religion has also played a large role in shaping thenumber of historical monuments in Orihuela with a number of beautiful towers, gargoyles, entrances and cloisters you can visit. There are cultural treasures surrounding the cathedral or Santa Domingo, such as:

The Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Monserrate
Iglesia de Santiago (Church)
Santa Justa and Rufina
Orihuela Cathedral with its museum
College-Church of Santo Domingo

Orihuela also has a number of convents situated in its historic centre, where as well as visiting you can also sample and purchase some of the food produced within their walls with tasting visits available:

Covent of St Juan (Convento de San Juan)
Trinity Convent (Convento de la Trinidad)
Convent of St Sebastian
Convent of 'La Visitación de María'
Carmen Convent (Convento del Carmen)
Convent of St Ana

Passing through the towns historic centre you will also be able to visit many more monuments, with palaces, mansions and manors all present in Orihuela. These buildings are of great artistic value and while many are of private ownership, most are open for tourist visits so you can view the monuments from inside as well as out. These are:

Palacio de los Condes de Luna
Casa de Casinello
Palacio del Barón de la Linde
Palacio del Marqués de Rafal
Palacio del Portillo
Palacio Episcopal (BIC - Monumento Nacional)
Casa de los Mejías
Sorzano de Tejada
Palacio del Conde de la Granja
Palacio del Marqués Arneva
Palacio de Rubalcava

With regard to museums, there are various in Orihuela that are well worth visiting:

Casa Museo Miguel Hernández (Musuem of Miguel Hernandez)
Museo de Semana Santa (Holy Week Musuem)
Museo de la Reconquista (Musuem of the Reconquest)
Museo Arqueológico Comarcal de Orihuela (Arqueological Musuem)
Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro
Museo de la Muralla (Wall Musuem)

Further monuments that are well worth a visit are the 'Teatro Circo' theatre, the Orihuela Casino, the ruins of the Orihuela Castle, and the 'Monte de San Miguel'.

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