Monforte del Cid

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Monforte del Cid is a village in the province of Alicante and autonomous community of Valencia, Spain. The municipality covers an area of 79.5 square kilometres (30.7 sq mi) and as of 2011 had a population of 7771 people.[1]

Toponymy

See also: Mons Fortis (toponym) . In the thirteenth century, the town was called Nompot (as stated in the charter of the city of Alicante). On December 28 of 1328 the king Alfonso "El Benigno" gave Nompot village as part of a series of towns and villages in inheritance to his other son, the infant " Fernando de la Cerda . " In an account book of Don Fernando de 1355 already mentions the town with the name of Monfort. After the conflict in "The Two Pedros" between Pedro I of Castile and Pedro IV of Aragon, Monfort tried to segregate from the Crown of Aragon to switch to that of Castile . In punishment, Pedro IV demoted back to the "village", returned the toponym "Nompot" and passed a law that said the population would remain "im perpetuom" to the, by then, Villa de Alicante . Aproxidamente returns five years later to retrieve the name of Monfort. In 1708 the name was castellaniza, renamed "Monforte" and in 1916, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, according to Royal Decree of June 27 of 1916, adopting the name of Monforte de la Rambla. But that same year, at a meeting at City Hall at the request of the majority of the population (who did not like that name) formally requested the change of name to the current Monforte del Cid, SIENDA approved the request by Royal Decree of 4 December 1916

Geography

Municipality belonging to the Shire of Middle Vinalopó, located in the transition from the corridors to the arid plains subbéticos precoastal Alicante. The term of Monforte del Cid is nestled in the center of the Middle Valley Vinalopó and the municipality has an area of 79.5 km ². The town is 230 meters high, on a hill that was crowned by a medieval castle turned into the s. Seventeenth Parish Church . Among his most important mountain ranges include the Sierra del Cid, border populations Elda and Petrel, the Sierra de las Aguilas, near the border with the city of Alicante or Portichol, 330 m. high on the sea level. The municipality also has the main village, with the village of Orito, important pilgrimage center around the figure of San Pascual Bailon and several housing estates such as the Captain or Alenda Golf, located near the Portichol. It borders the towns of Alicante, Elche, Aspe, Novelda, Agost and Petrel . The population is 21 km from Alicante, with easy access from the A-31 .

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