Arraia-Maeztu

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Arraia-Maeztu
Arraya-Maestu
Municipality
Alava municipalities Arraia-Maeztu.JPG
Coordinates: 42°44′26″N 2°26′46″W / 42.74056°N 2.44611°W / 42.74056; -2.44611
Country  ESP
Autonomous community Flag of the Basque Country.svg Basque Country
Province Álava.svg Álava
Region Cuadrilla de Campezo-Montaña Alavesa
Government
 • Mayor Ángel Marcos Pérez de Arrilucea Pérez de Alday (EAJ-PNV)
Area
 • Total 12,311 km2 (4,753 sq mi)
Elevation 659 m (2,162 ft)
Postal code 01120

Arraia-Maeztu (Spanish: Arraya-Maestu) is a town and municipality located in the province of Álava, in the Basque Country, northern Spain.

This municipality was formed in 1958 by the union of the municipalities of Apellániz, Arraya and Laminoria. It was originally called Maestu, but in 1987 adopted its current name.

The municipality is composed of 16 villages, divided into 10 councils:

  • Apellániz (officially Apellániz/Apinaiz)
  • Atauri
  • Azáceta (officially Azazeta)
  • Corres (officially Korres)
  • Maestu (officially Maeztu/Maestu), which is the capital of the municipality.
  • Onraita (officially Onraita/Erroeta)
  • El Real Valle de Laminoria (also with official versions in Euskera Laminoriako Erret Harana), formed by six small towns: Alecha (officially Aletxa), Arenaza (officially Arenaza/Areatza), Cicujano (officially Cicujano/Zekuiano), Ibisate, Leorza (officially Leorza/Elortza) and Musitu.
  • Róitegui (officially Róitegui/Erroitegi)
  • Sabando
  • Virgala Mayor (officially Vírgala Mayor/Birgara Goien), which also includes the village of Virgala Menor (officially Vírgala Menor/Birgara Barren).

Famous persons[edit]

  • Pedro Ruiz de Gaona (15th century): Lord of the Sabando tower. Guard and ambassador of the Castilian king Juan II.
  • Joan Bautista de Gámiz (1696-1773): Jesuit priest and poet. He wrote primarily in Castilian, but some of his poems are preserved in Basque and are of great importance to the history of Basque literature.

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