Having great strategy and negotiating ability, Theodemir was a Visigoth count (comes) who acted as the civil and military leader of the region of Tudmir. This region –a vast territory whose capital was Auraiola (Orihuela)– is now well-known for historic routes through the south of the Province of Alicante. Unlike other kings and lords who used force, Theodemir turned to ingenuity to avoid the assault of the troops of the Arab conqueror, Ibn Musa and, later, negotiate a treaty which guaranteed him control of taxes and subjugation without fear of the new power which was established in Al-Andalus.The adventures and memory of this Visigoth hero still ring strong over the route containing the most historic charm and characteristics of Alicante. This route’s epicenter is found in Orihuela –the only Medina quarter assaulted by the Vikings around the year 859– with its vast historic and artistic heritage surviving all types of disasters, including the earthquake of 1829. Defense towers, Arabic castles and stone walls become the windows that history opens to Vega Baja and its surrounding environment, the Segura River.
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