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The neighborhood of La Vila in Ontinyent, a medieval landmark in the Valencian Community

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The neighborhood of La Vila in Ontinyent, a medieval landmark in Valencia

Did you know that the neighborhood  of La Vila in Ontinyent was declared a Historic-Artistic place in the seventies? It preserves one of the most representative medieval ensembles in the entire Valencian Community.

At the beginning of the 15th century, Ontinyent was the third town in the region with the most population, only behind Xàtiva and Orihuela. Due to its large population, it became a reference in an industrial and textile level.

In the neighborhood of Vila, there are remains of walls, towers and fortifications, which denotes the defensive nature of the area. In the closest part to the Clariano river, there are remains of walls that served as retaining walls, chimneys of old factories and water mills that took advantage of the hydraulic energy of the water.

The neighborhood of La Vila in Ontinyent, a medieval landmark in Valencia

But the best of all is its charm. The neighborhood of La Vila in Ontinyent is made up of small alleys, ramps, stairways, or dead ends. In addition, the brightly painted buildings have revitalized the landscape in recent years.

The houses of the time are also important, both stately and popular, which give the neighborhood an unparalleled charm. The Carrer Major de la Vila or Carrer de la Trinitat stand out, where these stately buildings of the time can still be seen.

Also noteworthy are the views from the Santa María bridge of the houses hanging on the medieval wall, with the Clariano river in the background.

The neighborhood of La Vila in Ontinyent, a medieval landmark in Valencia

Would you like to know more interesting facts and curiosities about Ontinyent and its surroundings? We will periodically share information about “our corners” on our blog and social networksAnd if you have any questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be delighted to assist you!

* Information on the Vila neighborhood extracted from the Municipal Archive of Ontinyent (texts by Vicent Terol i Reig)

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