The name Altea comes from the Greek Altahia which means “I cure”. In the last phase of Arab domination, Altea belonged to the Taifa of Denia. It was conquered in 1244 by Jaime I of Aragón and repopulated by Christians, obtaining the status of town in 1279.
The church, IGLESIA PARROQUIAL DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL CONSUELO, is Altea’s main and most famous church because of its captivating dome, the emblem of Altea often referred to as the “the dome of the Mediterranean” for its beauty and splendour.
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