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El Rabat y San Miguel(Rafelcofer)

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To the northwest of Rafelcofer are the mountains of Rabat and San Miguel that constitute a beautiful scenic and historical route throughout the municipality. Since they are two mountains with very low heights, walking through them is not at all complicated and offers visitors a nice and pleasant view of the whole region, in addition to its important archaeological value.
The Rabat, also known as Montaña de la Cruz, is a small mound of 176m high and more than 1km long, located between the municipalities of Rafelcofer, Alquería de la Condesa and La Fuente de En Carroz, near the Castle of Rebollet.
The flat top, and part of the southern and northern slopes, known as the Planura de la Cruz, are occupied by the remains of what must have been a large Iberian population of unknown name and is rich in prehistoric sites dated between the middle of the V century BC and the early years of the I century BC.

At the end of L'Alqueria de la Condesa, and within the geodesic vertex, we find the so-called Tablas de la Ley, two enormous smooth stones, so called because of their similarity to the well-known tables of the law mentioned in the Bible.
On its north face is the Fonteta de Cuaresma, a small excavation destined to collect the infiltrations produced by the rain and that nowadays is a recreational area.
Botanically, we can find a whole series of varieties of aromatic and medicinal plants, as well as a splendid panoramic view, since from its top you can see the entire Safor.

Next to the mountain Rabat, is the mountain of San Miguel, a small mountain of 54m high, semi-isolated appendix of the mountain of Rabat and located southwest of the municipality of La Alqueria de la Condesa at the top of which is the chapel dedicated to San Miguel Arcangel, but is owned by La Fuente de En Carroz. The hermitage, in the Gothic style of the 16th century, is built over an earlier one, and remains of a Roman villa are known.

Its strategic location, near the Way of Xàtiva, led from the Roman city of Saetabis (Xàtiva) to the port of Dianium (Dénia) and constituted a communication axis.
The finding in the 19th century of two funerary stelae with Latin inscriptions in Rafelcofer, located in the 1st century, is related to the probable existence of an imperial necropolis.

The existence of a high imperial rustic villa in the mountain of San Miguel, show, according to excavations that unearthed monumental archaeological remains, that this is a key site for the study of the beginnings of Romanization in the region of La Safor.
Remains of Roman pottery can also be found in the stashes of La Vega and Alcudiola.

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