Elche, a two-millenary city and capital of Bajo Vianlopó, is the second most populated city in the province of Alicante and the third in the Valencian Community.
Elche is also known as the ”City of the Lady”. In 1897 this Iberian sculpture was found at the archaeological site of La Alcudia. This bust represents a lady, richly dressed, whose face shows perfect features, made of limestone between the V and IV centuries BC.
Elche is the only city that has three World Heritage Sites: The Palm Grove, the Misteri d’elx and the Puçol School Museum.
The Palm Grove is a unique space that has more than 200,000 specimens, which in 2000 was declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.
Elx is located in the south of the Valencian Community, and is the capital of the Baix Vinalopó Region. Its population exceeds 250,000 inhabitants and its municipal area has 326 km2.
It has a rich history that dates back several millennia and has contributed to its cultural heritage and its landscape jewels such as: the Lady of Elche, the most representative work of Iberian art; the Palmeral, Hispanic Muslim legacy and the Misteri d’elx, the last living vestige of the medieval religious theater; the latter two have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
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