Wished-for and Unwished-for Identities
The representation of a wished identity through the cultural heritage: Elche, the two World Heritage City?
Daniel CARMONA, Raul TRAVÉ
Universidad Miguel Hernández
Elche, in the province of Alicante (Spain), is a middle size city (230,224 inhabitants, according to the data of the Instituto Nacional de Estadística – INE- for 2013). Since centuries, Elche has been known as “the city of the palm trees”, and much less, we have to recognize it, the “city of the Misteri”. Since the end of the 19th century, it has also been known as the “city of The Lady”; during the second half of the 20th century as the “shoes’ city”. All these epithets refer to different elements that have distinguished the city from the outside. Some of them have been embraced to identify the city from the inside and included in that enormous category called Cultural Heritage.
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