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Architectural Heritage

  • Esglèsia Nova


    It’s an outstanding and singular building.It hasn’t been finished and we can identify it, in view of the time it was build, with the big buildings for official functions.
    The plan and the facades remember us to the Italian Renaissance churches.
    It’s oriented to the east and to the west. This orientation is conditioned by the reference of the big Alfacs Port.The west wall is the only one without any opening.There is a secondary entrance on the south side.
    The plan is a perfect square; the central dome isn’t build and is on a double height.The tribunes are composed by balconies that control the central circle and the perimetral corridors forming the general square of the plan and connecting the different spaces.
    The building plant keeps the architectonic models of the period and it keeps the baroque style from the period before.The ionic columns show a Miguel Angelo style.
    The architecture is cold, correct and discreet.
    We don’t have information about the architect or the project but we know that Juan de Villanueva, a very famous neoclassic master, took part in the management of the Navigation Canal works.
    The building was isolated and outside the village but nowadays it’s in the urban complex, next to the road, face to the sea and at the beginning of a green and large avenue going to the maritime avenue and the beaches.
    Since the 16th June 1787 the works on the building continued as the Church for the New City of San Carlos. It remembers to a model of gravestone that the army was building.
    Nowadays, the Esglèsia Nova is the perfect place to develop any cultural activity. 
    The Edicles-fonts de les Alamedes
    In the arcades area, to solve the tangential inflexion point between the semicircle and the straight line, there is a blind part: a neoclassic building that, with its height, cuts the rhythm of the arcs exactly on the tangential point that was conflictive.
    The building design has ornamental pillars, with outstanding joints and an ornamental fronton.
    The style is also neoclassic.The primitivism is present; it goes back to the Greece architecture.Until the end of the XVIII century, nobody arrived in Greece because it was far away and it was part of the ottoman empire.After its discovering, a manual was published and all the European Courts took the same model, using the neoclassic orders and concepts.But the classical official style, cold and cosmopolitan, wasn’t very imaginative. 
    The arcades Porxes
    On Plaça Carles III, there are two parts with two different utilities:the Laureano house, which because of its ornamental columns looks like a small palace.
    There the arcades weren’t covered,and it gave a vision like the Esglèsia Nova.At the end, the building Font de l’Edicle was next to another house which still in use nowadays.On the other side, the houses part gives us also some details:the houses had the ground floor and one floor, like the house l’Anyero, with framed balconies and windows.
    The arcades have a sloping roof and a cornice to level the height.On the roof there is a mansard to unify the complex.These buildings show the social life developed on the streets, mainly under these arcades.


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