Almansa

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For the Spanish wine region, see Almansa (DO).
Almansa
Municipality
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Coat of arms of Almansa
Coat of arms
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Almansa is located in Spain
Almansa
Almansa
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°51′N 1°05′W / 38.850°N 1.083°W / 38.850; -1.083
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Castile-La Mancha
Province Albacete
Comarca Altiplanicie de Almansa
Judicial district Almansa
Commonwealth Monte Ibérico–Corredor de Almansa
Government
 • Mayor Francisco Núñez Núñez (PP)
Area
 • Total 531.91 km2 (205.37 sq mi)
Elevation 712 m (2,336 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 25,727
 • Density 48/km2 (130/sq mi)
Demonym Almanseños
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 02640
Dialing code 967
Website Official website

Almansa is a Spanish town and municipality in the province of Albacete, part of the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha. The municipality borders with Alicante, Valencia and Murcia. Almansa is famous for its Moros y Cristianos festival from celebrated from the 1st to the 6th of May.

Almansa is built at the foot of a white limestone crag, which is surmounted by a Moorish castle, and rises abruptly in the midst of a fertile and irrigated plain. About 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the town centre stands an obelisk commemorating the Battle of Almansa fought there on the 25 April 1707 during the War of Spanish Succession, in which the French under the duke of Berwick, a natural son of James II, routed the allied British, Portuguese and Spanish troops.[1]

The Sierra del Mugrón is located within the Almansa city limits.

Main sights[edit]

The main sightseeing attraction is the 14th-century Castle of Almansa.

There are other important monuments, such as:

  • Assumption Church (16th-19th century)
  • Palace of Los Condes de Cirat (16th century), today the Town Hall
  • Church of the Agustinas Convent (18th century)
  • The Convent of San Francisco (17th century)
  • Clock Tower (1780)

8 km from the city is the reservoir of Almansa, built in 1584. This reservoir is the oldest one in Europe. 12 km from the city is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Belen (17th century).

La Asuncion church's bell tower.
Convent of San Agustin
Clock tower
The medieval 'Castle of Almansa'.
Facade of the City hall

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Almansa". Encyclopædia Britannica 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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