Monasterio de la Santa Faz – Monastery of the Holy Visage

Monasterio de la Santa Faz – Monastery of the Holy Visage

July 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This is now a nunnery of the order of St Clare located in a nearby town at 5km from the city centre. It dates from the early 16th century although the church in its current style was built between 1752 and 1766.

Concathedral of Saint Nicholas of Bari

Concathedral of Saint Nicholas of Bari

May 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The outside of this cathedral looks highly restrained and can be stylistically placed within the framework of the later Renaissance and the early non-ornamented baroque styles. Built between 1616 and 1662 following plans by Agustín Bernardino, a disciple of Herrera, it still preserves traces of the cloister dating from the 15th century, showing a smaller […]

Iglesia de Santa María – St Mary’s Church

Iglesia de Santa María – St Mary’s Church

November 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This is the oldest church in the city and was built in the Gothic style between the 14th and 16th centuries over the ruins of what was once the main mosque during the Moorish domination. The solid-looking towers flanking the façade are similar in appearance, but are in fact different in that the right tower […]

Ayuntamiento – City Hall

Ayuntamiento – City Hall

March 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This is a marvellous example of baroque civic architecture designed towards the end of the 17th century and started in 1701 according to plans by Lorenzo Chápuli, with work continuing until 1780. The façade is 50m long and is flanked by two twin towers of original design with tiled central domes erected over a portico […]

Sightseeing in Alicante

Sightseeing in Alicante

October 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Alicante is the second largest city in the Valencia Province. The city is a major tourist attraction and there are many opportunities for sightseeing in Alicante. Over six million tourists visit the Costa Blanca region each year. Many of them enter the region through the Alicante airport and spend some time in the city. Sightseeing […]