Albalate de Zorita
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|Albalate de Zorita|
|Autonomous community||Castile-La Mancha|
|Municipality||Albalate de Zorita|
|• 2015 Elections||María Dolores Ortega Jiménez (Spanish Socialist Workers' Party)|
|• Total||53 km2 (20 sq mi)|
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|• Total||1,022 (2,015)|
|• Density||15.3/km2 (40/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Albalate is named as a village since the XI Century, while the Muslim occupation of Spain, then, after the Reconquest, it figures in the Diaries of Philip II, in the XVII Century. During the Spanish Civil War it was in the Republican side of Spain, and after the war, many inhabitants were killed
The main festival is in honor of the Holy Cross, or ``Cruz del Perro´´ as they call it there, which is a cross dated in the XIII Century, discovered by two farmers in a near place near the village, on September, 27th, 1514, since then, it is the patron of the village. For the festival, they have bullfighting, fireworks, two parades (one the Sunday before the 27th of September, which is a pilgrimage to where it was discovered, and another one one or two days before the day) and also the religious celebrations, a mass, and a procession with the image. Another festival is for Saint Blaise , on February, 3rd, in which many inhabitants dress up in red and yellow clothes and dance around the image of the saint during a 3-4 hour procession.
In May 1st, a song called ``Mayos de la Virgen´´ is sung by the ones who are 18 years-old that year.
The main monuments are the St Andreas´ Church, a Gothic Church built in the XVI Century, it is Gothic style, in hall type plan, with a Baroque altarpiece made by Juan Alonso Pedroso in 1701-1707. Also the Thirteen Pipe Fountain, from the XVII Century, it is near the side street of the village.
The Village is governed since 2015 by the Socialist Party of Spain (PSOE) with 7 counsellors of 9, the mayor is María Dolores Ortega Jiménez, and the deputy mayor is Alberto Merchante Ballesteros. Albalate has been governed by the PSOE since 2003.
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