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Huerto de Carreres(Carcaixent)

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Huerto de Carreres
It is a typical 18th-century country house, coinciding with the period of development of the Valencian silk industry. Both the typology of the building and the presence of the reed structure in the chamber are signs of the use of the orchard for silkworm rearing. This orchard, which was in a rural area, was eventually drowned out by urban development. It is now part of the urban area, but is surrounded by a garden with typical Mediterranean trees.
For many years it was abandoned and suffered countless despoilments that deteriorated its structure and decoration. Despite these events, two important elements have been preserved that show part of its past.
Firstly, the City Council rescued the ceramic "tondo" (round ceramic panel) from the façade, which represents the suffering of San Lorenzo, and moved it to the Palacio de Montortal. A faithful reproduction of the same was placed in its place. Another element of vital interest are the "andanas" that are preserved on the upper floor of the house, reeds placed as shelves that occupied the entire floor. They were used for rearing worms and producing silk.
The house is surrounded by a garden of 3000 m2 in which, in addition to different species of irrigated trees, we can also find dry land trees that have been significant for the local economy during different periods (mulberry trees, olive trees, carob trees, pomegranate trees, orange trees, holm oaks, pines,). You can see a bicentenary orange tree of the "pie de estaca" kind, which were the first orange trees cultivated in Carcaixent to develop the new agricultural economy at the end of the 18th century.

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