The Moorish depopulated L’Atzuvieta is located in the town of Alcalá de la Jovada in the municipality Valle de Alcalá, this Moorish depopulated is the best preserved of Valencia. It was in this town where in 1208 was born the Muslim leader Al Azraq called blue eyes which revolted against King James I of Aragon.
Al Azraq spent long periods in the courts of Valencia, Aragon and Granada, the leader was friendly with the kings of Castile and Aragon. After the conquest of Valencia by King James I, Al Azraq reached a deal with the Aragonese monarch, by which the leader would gain control over some fortifications of the valleys of Alcalá and Gallinera, giving up some castles in exchange for a truce. However the continuing atrocities against the Muslim population led to Al Azraq to revolt against the crown of Aragon three times.
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The leader was killed in the third rebellion while besieging Alcoy in the year 1276. After the death of the leader, L’Atzuvieta remained populated by Muslim Spaniards 400 years. In 1576 they were forced to be baptized and renamed Moors until their expulsion in 1607.
The expulsion of the Moors left the village of L’Atzuvieta abandoned and was later occupied by Christian settlers in the seventeenth century and finally abandoned in the eighteenth century.
In the village L’Atzuvieta in Alcalá de la Jovada is declared of Cultural Interest, visitors can see 17 houses as they were at the time when they were occupied by the Moors.
Address: Despoblado de L’Atzuvieta, Alcalá de Jovada, Valle de Alcalá, 03788, Alicante
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