The forgotten Colony of Santa Eulalia from Villena and Sax
This unique group of houses emerged at the end of the 19th century, as an agricultural colony.
This small group of houses and factories, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, is divided between the municipalities of Villena and Sax (both in Alicante province) and is currently semi-abandoned. The Colony of Santa Eulalia was built around a modest hermitage that was erected in honor of this saint, according to tradition, because it helped the troops of Berenguer de Entenza against the Saracens. The Count of Alcudia and Gestalgar, Antonio de Padua, and his wife María Avial Peñas, Viscountess of Alzira, promoted the construction of the colony, which had as its purpose the cultivation, collection and elaboration of agricultural products. In the colony there were, around two squares, houses for the workers, factories of flour and alcohol, a theater, a casino, railway station, warehouses, oil mills, etc. Already in the first half of the twentieth century, the colony went into decline, after the ravages of the Spanish Civil War and the gradual abandonment of agricultural land.
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