Fishing In Spain, And Getting Back To Basics
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Days Out In Alzira, L'Alcudia & Cullera
Fishing In Spain
Exploring The Waterways
In La Comunidad Valenciana
Alzira was founded by the Muslim Moors under the name Jazirat Shukr which later became known as Júcar Island.
It was a prosperous trading-station during the reign of the Muslim Moors which lasted over five hundred years. During that time the city had a local administrative government and was considered as a cultural hub for writers, philosophers, and law experts.
The city was conquered by James I of Aragon on 30 December 1242.
Alzira has historically been a walled town, surrounded by palm, orange and mulberry groves, and by low-lying rice fields.
As regards ecclesiastical heritage, it is worth mentioning the church of Santa Catalina, which combines Gothic, Renaissance and baroque features. And the churches of La Encarnación and San Juan or Santos Patronos, on the outskirts of the town.
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.
Castle: At the top of the mountain, dominating the city and the sea, there is a fortress built in the 13th century over the old Moorish fortress. It once was walled, although those walls no longer remain. Located there are the rest of the old towers, forming part of the old walled area on the mountain.
Sanctuary of the Virgen del Castillo: (19th century) Within the fortress, there is the sanctuary of the Virgen del Castillo, whose festival is celebrated the week after Passover.
Church of the Saint Johns: A neoclassical temple from the 17th century built over an older Gothic temple. Inside, there is a sacristía and the interior of a bell tower. The temple has recently been restored.
Torre del marenyet: An old watchtower built to watch the Júcar river. It was erected in the 15th century as a defense against Barbary pirates.
Cave of Dragut: This cave depicts the invasion of the Berbers in Cullera, and it is said that the pirate Dragut was once there.
Air-raid shelter-Museum of the Mercat Municipal: A bomb shelter constructed under the Town's Market under the threat of air bombing during the Spanish Civil War.
Hermitage of the stone saints (Abdon and Sennen): The building, situated on a hill surrounded by rice crops, was dedicated to these saints because they are related to the welfare of the crops. Nowadays, the Hermitage, which was built in the 18th century, has been reconverted into a museum dedicated to rice, from species to crops and tools, which is very important for Valencian cuisine.