Alburquerque, Badajoz

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Alburquerque
Town
Alburquerque (Badajoz).jpg
Coat of arms of Alburquerque
Coat of arms
Alburquerque is located in Spain
Alburquerque
Alburquerque
Location in Spain
Alburquerque is located in Extremadura
Alburquerque
Alburquerque
Location in Extremadura
Coordinates: 39°13′8″N 6°59′59″W / 39.21889°N 6.99972°W / 39.21889; -6.99972
Country  Spain
Autonomous Community  Extremadura
Province Badajoz
Comarca Tierra de Badajoz
Government
 • Mayor Ángel Vadillo Espino (PSOE)
Area
 • Total 723 km2 (279 sq mi)
Elevation(AMSL) 506 m (1,660 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 5,587
 • Density 7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (GMT +2) (UTC+2)
Postal code 06510
Area code(s) +34 (Spain) + 924 (Badajoz)
Website www.alburquerque.es
See Alburquerque (disambiguation) for other meanings.

Alburquerque is a town in the province of Badajoz in Spain. It has 5,600 inhabitants. It is very close to the border with Portugal and was an ancient dominion of the kings of this country. The origin of the name of the town is uncertain. It probably stems from Latin, alba quercus, or "the white oak".[1] Less likely, it may come from the Arabic Abu al-Qurq, which means "father of the cork [oak]".

The titles of Lord of Alburquerque (de Meneses) and later Count of Alburquerque (de Castilla) and Duke of Alburquerque (de La Cueva) were important in Castile in the Middle Ages, see e.g. Sancho Alfonso, 1st Count of Alburquerque.

Its sister city of Albuquerque in the United States takes its name from this town (but note the spelling difference: the lack of the 'r' after the first 'u').

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Albuquerque". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 

Coordinates: 39°13′N 7°00′W / 39.217°N 7.000°W / 39.217; -7.000