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Almudín Square
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Almudín Square
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Almudín Square
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Almudín Square
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Almudín Square

Almudín Square or ‘Font de Dins’

Plaza del Almudín is the most representative place of the old town and one of the most emblematic squares of the autonomous Valencian Community. This rectangular square should have been completely enclosed, unless for the four gates located in its corners, below the porticoes. Only three of them survive and the other one was relocated later in the square largest side.

It used to be a marketplace from 1418 until the 19th century, when it was transferred to El Plà. This was an important centre of commercial activity and interchange as well as a wheat storehouse. The word almudín, which comes from the Arabic, means wheat or wheat trading place. In the southern side, a well near the old fountain stands as a reminder of the medieval times. It was covered in 1853.

Besides of the wheat trade, many other merchants sold their products in this spot: the slaughterhouse and the butcher’s were placed in the northern side, close to the former main gate.

Its 15th century ashlars’ portico is a fine work designed in Gothic style. The old prison, located in the Bell Tower (mid-16th century), has been preserved and we can see a few of its gates and its original vaults. The present-day buildings surrounding the square have been restored upon the original structures from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Plaza del Almudín is still considered a meeting point in the old town and it hosts a number of music events and street markets and fairs.

 
  • Comunitat Valenciana
  • European Union