castillo villena

Environment

Villena is located to the northwest of the province of Alicante, in the region of Alto Vinalopó. It is located at an important crossroads of roads between the Valencian, Murcia and Castilian-La Mancha communities, which are accessed in one hour by motorway. Its unique geographic location, around towns such as Biar, Sax, Fuente la Higuera, Yecla and Caudete, has made Villena an important communications hub known as the "Hall of Villena" since antiquity. Its wide municipal term with 344 km2, is the second with greater surface of the province of Alicante.
 


 

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Chapí Theatre

The origin of the Chapí Theatre is in 1885, when a smaller theatre with this name was first built in Villena. The idea of creating a theatre dedi-cated to Ruperto Chapí was originated after some men from Villena went to Alicante to attend the premiere of "La Tempestad", zarzuela by Villena's famous musician Ruperto Chapí Lorente.
 
In 1908, dued to its poor conditions the first theatre was demolished, and the idea of building a new coliseum came out. Therefore, after several years of work, the new theatre was officialy opened on December 5th, 1925 with the performance of "La Tempestad". Because of the extension of its construction, we can find a diversity of architectural styles.
 
After returning to the public domain the Town Council of Villena undertook its restoration, opening again to the public in April 1999.www.teatrochapi.com

 


 

museo navarro santafe

Museum Navarro Santafé

The concept of the museum was an idea of the artist himself, who turned the ground floor of his own home in the current museum, dis-playing the many objects he brought from his studio in Madrid: sculp-tures, scrolls, writings, sketches, photographs, etc.
 
It is difficult to classify this artist because he dominated some different artistic disciplines, from the imagery of saints and virgins in marble to the bust portrait. Besides, he is considered the best animal sculptor of Spain, and a proof of this is "The Monument to the Bear and the Strawberry tree” in Madrid, or The Horse Monument, in Jerez de la Frontera, as well as the bullfighting groups that can be seen in his museum, or the design of some dogs figures.


 

museo botijos villena

Museum of the Botijo

The Museum of the Botijo de Villena exhibits an interesting private collection of D.Pablo Castelo Villaoz, of more than a thousand copies from all over the world. So characteristic of everyday Spanish life, the jerrycan is depicted under different textures such as pottery, metal, wood, etc .; As well as different sizes and shapes: zoomorphic, vegetal, anthropomorphic, architectural ... belonging to different eras and alfares.
 
The singularity of this Museum is that it is, together with the one of Argentona, the only collection of Botijos that can currently be visited in Spain.
 


 

museo festero

Museum del festero

Placed in the Palace of the Selva-Mergelina Family, a building with four floors that perfectly reflects the typology of the upper-class houses from the 19th century. The museum hosts a large collection of objects associated with the traditional Moors and Christians festival.
 
You can see pictures and costumes, posters and programs published over many years and memories of past festivals. In addition, we can find a representation of all the costumes from the fourteen associations participating in the festivals in honor of the patron saint of the town, Our Lady of the Virtues. Besides, the section dedicated to the conservation of original scores of Moors and Christians music is really important.


 

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Treasure of Villena

The so-called Treasure of Villena reveals the rich historical past that the town enjoyed. It could belong either to a king or to a local leader, anyway, this is one of the most important golden findings in European prehistory. In December 1963 a gold bracelet of half a kilo, was unexpectedly found digging the ground of a work that was carried out on a plot of Villena. When the Director of the Museum, María José Soler, heard about it, started an excavation in the place of the finding: the Rambla del Panadero, in the Sierra del Morrón, a place near Villena.
 
These findings are important to confirm the existence of a rich cultural focus in the villenense region, which shows the high degree of sophistication reached by the Levante leaders during the Bronze Age. Both of these treasures are preserved in the Archaeological Museum of José María Soler in Villena.