Novelda

Novelda (Valencian: [noˈvɛlda], 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
City and Municipality
Monastery of Santa María Magdalena.

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Novelda
Location in Spain
Novelda
Novelda (Valencian Community)
Novelda
Novelda (Spain)
Coordinates: 38.385°N 0.768°W / 38.385; -0.768
Country Spain
Autonomous community Valencian Community
ProvinceAlicante
ComarcaVinalopó Mitjà
Government
  MayorJosé Rafael Sáez Sánchez (PP)
Area
  Total75.7 km2 (29.2 sq mi)
Elevation
241 m (791 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
  Total25,725
  Density340/km2 (880/sq mi)
  Language
Valencian
Demonym(s)Noveldense (Spanish)
Novelder, noveldera (Valencian)
Postcode
03660
WebsiteOfficial website

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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