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Source of the Twenty Belt Spouts

Monumental neoclassical canal built between 1788 and 1804 with a large central gargoyle and twelve pipes/spouts placed on each side.

This is one of Xativa's most iconic fonts. It is the first in Xàtiva in order of arrival of the water. It was previously located in the Cocentaina Portal.

It was built in neoclassical style using materials to build it from the "Portadel Banys" which was demolished, as well as stones originally intended for the Church of La Seu, but which were not necessary for its construction.

In the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, the only means of transport for people and goods were horses, mules and donkeys. This fountain was built to replace the drinking fountain there – the famous Islamic Pica from the 11th century. This 11th century Islamic Fountain, which is exhibited in the Almoradí Museum.

In 1914, a new masonry sink in ashlar stone was built, surrounded by an artistic wrought iron gate.

A few years later, the fountain was restored by the architect José Acuña, who transformed the corners of the sink into straight corners (previously they were octagonal).

This Fountain is continuously fed by two dozen bronze spouts, in the shape of a snake, in the middle of the fountain there is an impressive relief of a gargoyle, from whose mouth water flows continuously.

At Fonte das 25 Bicas there is a commemorative plaque that reads:

"Thirst quenched the thirsty farmer."

With my Setabis crystals bloom

Trade grows, agriculture grows.

Population and crops increase".

(Free translation)



“La sed apagó al thirsty labrador.

  With my crystals Setabis blooms

  It grows el commerce, la labranza grows. 

Población and cosechas I add”.

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46800 Xàtiva, Valencia, Spain


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