It belongs to the Valencian Community, specifically to the province of Alicante, being very close to Murcia and on the banks of the Segura River. Its natural and cultural heritage (including the historic center) are the main attractions of Orihuela. In this article we tell you what to see on earth that saw the birth of the poet Miguel Hernández.
It is best to spend a weekend in this beautiful town. Then, We detail some of the main attractions of Orihuela:
1. House-Museum of Miguel HernándezMiguel Hernández House-Museum - Joanbanjo / commons.wikimedia.org
It could be said that it is a must see, even if you are not a lover of literature. In this house the poet lived with his family until marching towards Madrid.
It is next to the Colegio de Santo Domingo (where Hernández studied) and is a typical one-story building with two bedrooms, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a lobby. It houses memories and photographs of the writer and even the fig tree where he sat to get inspired.
2. Orihuela CathedralCloister of the cathedral - Alberto / Flickr.com
The Holy Cathedral Church of El Salvador and Santa María de Orihuela It began to be built at the end of the 13th century on the remains of an Arab temple. According to Alfonso X the Wise man should be the oldest in the town. It passed to the Aragonese Crown in 1304 and was converted into a cathedral in 1413.
The oldest part is the quadrangular tower, which housed a prison. It has a clock, liturgical bells and a bell. The cathedral has three doors: of the Chains, of Loreto and of the Annunciation.
It is located on the Mount of San Miguel, the highest in the town, and it is a great fortress built in seven circles, being the superior for the high military positions. Although it is in ruins due to the War of Succession, the fall of lightning, storms and an earthquake, you can still see remains of the wall and some towers.
4. Ruvacalba PalaceRuvalcaba Palace - Javier Marín / commons.wikimedia.org
This property owned by the Marquises of Ruvacalba and acquired by the City Council in the 80s is used to develop large receptions and houses the local tourist office. It was built in 1930 on the site where the Abbey House of the Church of Santiago was located.
It consists of three plants and small mezzanines. The lower part was used as an office, garages and home for the landlords. The first floor is the main area, where the kitchen and the ostentatious rooms were. On the second floor were the bedrooms. It also consists of gardens with recreation areas and tile fountains.
5. Palm grove of San AntónPalmeral - Javier Marín / commons.wikimedia.org
This place of interest of Orihuela is of semicircular plant and of Islamic origin. Palm trees are only on the sides of the field, roads and irrigation systems. Without a doubt, it is an interesting way to learn about intensive irrigation farming systems. The water comes from the ditches of Callosa and the use of the land is maximum.
«The intelligent person travels to enrich later his life in the sedentary days, that are more numerous.»
6. Regional Archaeological Museum
It is located in the old hospital San Juan de Dios. It exposes diverse old objects of the region of Vega Baja, to which Orihuela belongs, from the Paleolithic to the 19th century.
The rooms follow a chronological order and are divided into: Paleolithic and Neolithic; Chalcolithic; Argaric Culture; Late Bronze; Bronze Final; Iberian Culture; Romanization, late-Roman stage, Islamic culture, medieval and modern times.
7. Episcopal PalaceEpiscopal Palace - Javier Marín / commons.wikimedia.org
Baroque style, it was built in the 18th century. It is currently the headquarters of the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art. The palace is located in an old lot that belonged to the Cathedral Council.
Its main facade is to the north and has three covers: of the Curia, of the Bishop and lateral. The interior has two floors, a cloister, a chapel, a staircase and some galleries.
8. Sanctuary of Our Lady of Monserrate
It is also in the Baroque style and was erected in the 17th century. It presents a rear central nave in neoclassical style. It preserves the image of the patron saint of the city as well as an important collection of paintings, an altarpiece in the main chapel and an organ of the nineteenth century.
Cover photo: Martina Roell