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RUTA DE LOS MONASTERIOS

RUTA DE LOS MONASTERIOS

Description

 The route of the monasteries is a tourist route that connects the monasteries of the Murta in Alzira, Aigües Carcaixent live in Santa Maria de la Valldigna at Simat, St. Jerome in Cotalba in Corpus Christi Alfauir and Llutxent, all located in central region of the Province of Valencia. Within this journey there are two distinct routes. The first road, for access to the monasteries with vehicles. And the second condition for hiking: the GR-236 (over 90 km in length).

The walk route passes through ancient medieval historical paths as the passage of the poor, riding trails, mountain trails, old roads and railroad tracks. It starts at the train station in Gandia and ends in Alzira, to connect to public transport.

MONASTERY OF SAINT JEROME Cotalba (Alfau)

Founded by the Duke of Gandia, Alfons el Vell, in 1388 to collect the monks fleeing Jeronimos Monastery Xàbia by constant attacks from Berber pirates. Constructed enclosure emphasizes the bell tower, where they can find a copy of the entry in Valencia recalling the date and name of the founder, Renaissance cloister double overlay, gothic spiral staircase of the chapter house, the church, romantic garden and Gothic aqueduct. We recommend a visit to their surroundings, trekking through the mountains that surround the river Vernissa, the circus of Safor (a great chamber formed by cliffs, with an altitude over 1000 meters), or populations as Rótova Villalonga or important town of Gandia with all its historical heritage. Gandia has a privileged location between sea and mountains. In their environment can breathe a rich history that permeates its monuments and the spirit of its people. This is one of its biggest asset to this town where tourism is unable, through infrastructure and variety, to satisfy the most demanding visitors Excellent and extensive beaches, awarded with prestigious awards from the blue flags of the seas of Europe and Q quality. Must visit the Doge's Palace (home birthday of San Francisco de Borja), the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria (XIV century), the Modernist Church of Sant Nicolau, the Convent of Santa Clara, the marina, and commercial fishing, the old University , the Convent of Sant Roc or City Hall.
More info: Tourist Info Rótova Plaça Major, 7 46 725 - Tel 962 835 316 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              962 835 316      end_of_the_skype_highlighting Rótova touristinfo.rotova @ gva.es

THE MONASTERY OF CORPUS CHRISTI (Llutxent)

The Monastery of Corpus Christi, was begun by the Dominicans in 1422, and hosted the first University of Valencia following the concept of functional and austere beauty of this order, as can be seen on the facade. The main building revolves around the cloister square. The oldest part is Gothic and the refectory, chapter house and to highlight the various units of the novices. Next to the monastery is the church of Corpus Christi, Mediterranean Gothic style was declared a national monument in 1982. In the town of Llutxent not fail to also visit the Medieval Palace Castle, battlements and retaining original paneling, or the Baroque Chapel of the Consolation and the remains of the castle of Muslim origin Xiu. Very close to the town of Albaida, important historical heritage and important monuments to visit, especially the Puppet Museum and the Palace of the Lords of Albaida.
More information: Tourist Info Tel 962294573 llutxent@touristinfo.net Llutxent Llutxent

MONASTERY OF SANTA MARIA DE LA VALLDIGNA (Simat de la VALLDIGNA)

Impressed by the beauty of this valley, Jaume II el Just, granted the lands to the abbot of Holy Crosses for a new Cistercian foundation on March 15, 1298. The architecture of the monastery building contains in its implementation XIV century Gothic and Baroque dependencies of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with the present church and the chapel of the Virgen de Gracia. In 1991, the Generalitat Valenciana acquired the monastery and began proceedings to recover it. It opened in 1998. In addition to a detailed visit to the Monastery of Valldigna, very interesting approach to the ancient mosque in La Xara (now Chapel of Santa Anna), which retains arches and Moorish architecture, unique in the Region. Near the monastery, is the Font Gran, whose waters irrigate much of the garden of the Valldigna, and around which you can enjoy a playground. In the vicinity of Simat, two resort areas of contact with nature, which are the Pla de Corrals (on the road of Xativa) and Les Foies (to which we access the same road that leads to Barx). Going by that road, you can visit the aqueduct called Les Arcades (siglo XVIII), which allowed the water came from the Font of Cirer to the gates of the monastery.
More information: Tourist Info Tel Simat de la Valldigna turisme@simat.org 962810920

MONASTERY d'Aigues Vives (Carcaixent)

Founded by Gonzalo Garcia of the estate and his son, with donations to the Augustinian friars hermits of the farm d 'Aigues Vives. The early works are the thirteenth century, but the current building began performing in the fifteenth century. Stresses the cloister, and interior decoration of Baroque style. Chapel has a regular plan with a nave, round barrel, with side chapels. Carcaixent is a tourist town, which has one of the few examples of the churches of the Reconquista, the Ermita de Sant Roc de Ternils (S. XIII), which is declared a Monument of National Interest. Mercer was a renowned center of s. XVI and XIX. It is considered the birthplace of Orange, as it was in the municipality where they planted the first orange for marketing, thanks to the parish priest at the end of S. Monzo XIX. The vision of this man allowed the Region develop an economic activity that has been central to its wealth and development to this day: the orange.
Further information: Tourist Info Tel.962419551 Alzira United Plaza 46 600 - Alzira alzira@touristinfo.net

MONASTERY OF SANTA MARIA DE LA MURTA (ALZIRA)

It arises from the grouping of some chapels in the valley. Its foundation is to be placed Jerónima between the XIV and XV. The construction, gives priority to the church and placed the rest of the units around a central cloister. Of note is the tower of the pigeons, sturdy construction of military architecture which gives it a defensive renaissance portal chaired by Vich family crest. In 1989 the city of Alzira bought the place, and in 1995 initiated the recovery of the historic monastery, declared of cultural interest BIC. In the town of Alzira can admire La Cruz Cover. The City Council of the sixteenth century. It occupies a civil gothic-style palace, mansions typical of Valencia. The archpriest of Santa Catalina Church. XIII century. Built on the mosque. Casalicios Bridge of San Bernardo. Old Bridge of San Augustine, XIII century. The Villa is the oldest neighborhood and is the former villa, completely surrounded by the wall until the second half of the twentieth century. It is now preserved in the archpriest Vila Santa Catalina, the town hall and several houses and historic mansions as the House of Determination (City Museum). What to do? Walking through the Valley of the Casella. PR-V303, this trail has a total length of 23 km. and its route runs almost parallel to the ravine of La Casella. Points of interest are the historic-artistic director of the Vila de Alzira, defense works against floods Xúquer, the cultivation of oranges and beautiful views of the mountains of Les Agulles and The Cavall. Pic of the Ratlla, PR-V304, this trail has a length of 7 km. including derivatives. The path of the Forest House Casella, where it joins the PR-V303. He leads us through the top of the Ratlla, the highest point of the mountain, and ends at the Massalari strut, the highlight of the itinerary are the aerial views of the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.
More information: Tourist Info Tel.962419551 Alzira United Plaza 46 600 - Alzira alzira@touristinfo.net

The Pas of the Poor is the final leg of the Route of the Monasteries, and one of the most emblematic of the entire journey. Here you will enjoy phenomenal views of the valleys Living Waters, the Murta and Casella, before reaching the end of the route. The reason for their existence was the proximity of three cenobrios; the Monastery of the Valldigna, the Convent of Living Waters and the Monasterio de la Murta. During the Middle Ages conceived of man's stay on earth as a pilgrimage to eternity, so that the custom of visiting holy places was common. The monasteries were also good places to eat or stay overnight, and bystanders sought the attention of their guest rooms, well run by the monks. Thus, during the year went down this road plenty of poor asking for charity and the care of monks blessed, hence the name "Pas of the Poor." This historical path has been recovered, and revaluing the natural and cultural importance of the Route of the Monasteries.

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