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The history of the Alicante’s province goes back to 100.000 years b.C. We can find many prehistoric deposits where to observe rupestrian pictures, such as “ el Pla de Petracos” in Castell de Castells or “la Sarga” in Alcoy.
From the first inhabitants there are Iberian traces such as “la Dama de Elche” y la “Dama Cabezo Lucero” or the Treasure of Villena, from the Bronze era. From the Roman era there are important archeological deposits such as “Lucentum” in Alicante, “La Alcudia” in Elche, “el Portus Ilicitanus” in Santa Pola or “La Illeta” in El Campello.
The Muslim legacy left a special tread in many historic town centers (Monforte del Cid, Biar, ..) and majestic castles such as in Sax, Petrer, Villena, Alicante or Dénia. From the gothic art there are interesting buildings such as the churches of “Santiago” de Orihuela and Villena or the church of “San Bartolomé” in Jávea.
Between the XVII and XVIII centuries, the region develops its most artistic features, Orihuela counts with great examples of that period, such as “el Convento de Santo Domingo” or the Cathedral. The churches of “Santa Maria” and “San Nicolás” in Alicante and the “Basilica de Santa María” in Elche, are also beautiful examples of the baroque architecture. At the end of the XIX century a new artistic and cultural movement known as Modernism arouse, leaving its tread in Novelda and Alcoy.
The Province Archeological Museum, MARQ, named European Museum 2004, has and important archeological and artistic collection of the province.