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January 02nd, 2012 | Author:

Foundation of the Bishopric of Orihuela played an essential part in the the history of the town. Orihuela was the Episcopal centre of the province of Alicante for around four centuries, thus its traditions and artistic heritage are stamped by this the religious influence to high degree. The town has several national monuments: “The temptation of Saint Thomas Aquinas” by Velázquez, the statutes of the Sacred Family by Salzillo, and the “Diablesa”´ by Bussy. The Segura River has also deeply marked Orihuela since it gives boundaries to the city, and source the rich “huerta” – irrigated land of the Bajo Segura. Today the river marks the border between the old city and the downtown.