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History of Pinoso - How it was

The history of Pinoso, Alicante

Pinoso is a traditional Spanish town in the countryside of the mountainous Alicante and Murcia border. As well as it's astounding natural beauty, Pinoso is also known for its fine wine production as well as its marble and rock salt.

Pinoso has a long history, and it dates back to the Iberians although it didn’t stay Iberian of course. The Romans settled here afterwards and later the Moors called Pinoso home during the Arabian occupation of Spain. The church of Pinoso, a popular church built in honour of Saint Peter the Apostle, was erected in 1743.

The whole region was mostly unpopulated until settlement started in the 18th century. It took a long time for people to settle because of the lack of agriculture. Once agriculture was introduced, however, the population rose from around 20 individuals to over 1000. Even with agriculture, this took just under a century, but for the time it was a slow but steady growth. This growth spurt continued right up until 1826, when independence was gained from Monóvar.

The first main crops to be farmed were, naturally, wheat and barley but by sometime around the middle of the 19th-century vineyards began to appear and Pinoso became mostly associated with the production of wines, So adept the town became at winemaking that by the time the year 2000 rolled around, Pinoso was the single largest producer of wine in the whole of Alicante.

Aside from the vineyards, Pinoso is also very well known for other features and landmarks that should be on any visitors ‘hit list’:

· The church of Pinoso. This parish church was founded, in honour of St. Peter the Apostle, in 1739 on the old site of a prior chapel. The building was upgraded gradually and its current appearance was found in 1888. the left-wing of the church is home to the privileged altar and the chapel of the Virgin of Medicine, the Patron of the town.

· Clock Tower. The Clock Tower was built in 1887, when D. Francisco Rico Lucas was Mayor and he requested a tower project from two of the best architects in Alicante - D. Enrique Sanchez Sedeño and D. José Guardiola Stang. The clock was bought in Madrid in 1899 and it consisted of a bell support, rope weights, three bells and machinery. The clock itself still works, and is still manual.

· Ermita de Santa Catalina. This church was constructed in 1989, carved right into the side of a small rocky hill. From 1926 until 1974 the church was home to a drinking water reservoir.

The town of Pinoso is a naturally beautiful place that is deserving of more than just a casual visit. It is a place that offers visitors tranquillity and it surrounded nature reserves, olive groves and vineyards that are all photograph worthy. Aside from the more traditional landmarks and features, the town is also home to more modern amenities such as restaurants, shops, bars… everything a small but prosperous and modern town could be expected to have.

When visiting the province of Alicante, Pinoso has to be a must-visit too when you have the chance.

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