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|• Mayor||Miquel Aguilà Barril|
|• Total||57.32 km2 (22.13 sq mi)|
|Elevation||233 m (764 ft)|
|• Density||290/km2 (760/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Balaguer (Catalan pronunciation: [bəɫəˈɣe], locally: [balaˈɣe]) is the capital of the comarca of Noguera, in the province of Lleida, Catalonia, Spain. It is located by the river Segre, a tributary to the Ebre.
The town has a Gothic bridge, the "Pont de Sant Miquel," over the Segre river. This bridge was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War in the battle of "Cap de Pont" (bridgehead battle in 1938) and rebuilt after the war.
Another Gothic building is the Santa Maria Church, in the heights above the city, in line with a quite finely conserved wall dating to the 15th century AD.
The historic town is on the right bank of the Segre but, following the Spanish Civil War, construction began on a modern bridge, which initiated development of a modern extension of the town on the left bank.
General Franco's forces first entered Catalonia from Aragon in 1938 through Balaguer's bridgehead.
- Gaspar de Portolà, founder of San Diego (USA) and Monterrey (USA).
- Peter IV of Aragon, King of the Crown of Aragon.
- Antoni Torres García, footballer
- Xavier Sánchez Bernat, basketball player
- Roberto Martinez, footballer and current football manager of Everton F.C.
- Teresa Pàmies, writer, political activist and mother of Sergi Pàmies.
- Official municipal web site (Catalan)
- Information about Balaguer from the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan)
- Statistical information - (Institut d'Estadística de Catalunya) (Catalan)
- Palomero, Aaron Gutiérrez, "Planificación urbana y vivienda obrera en Balaguer (1939 – 1962). Ocupación del margen izquierdo" Scripta Nova: Revista Electrónica de Geografía y Ciencias Sociales, Vol. VII, núm. 146(025), 1 de agosto de 2003. (Spanish)
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