Bembibre

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Bembibre
Coat of arms of Bembibre
Coat of arms
Motto: Interamnium Flavium (Between Rivers)
Bembibre is located in Spain
Bembibre
Bembibre
Coordinates: 42°36′54.98″N 6°25′12.36″W / 42.6152722°N 6.4201000°W / 42.6152722; -6.4201000
Country Spain
Autonomous community Castile and León
Province León
Comarca El Bierzo
Municipality Bembibre
Government
 • Mayor Jesús Esteban Rodríguez (PSOE)
Area
 • Total 63.42 km2 (24.49 sq mi)
Elevation 644 m (2,113 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 10,097
 • Density 159.21/km2 (412.4/sq mi)
Demonym bembibrense
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal Code 24300
Telephone prefix 987
Twin cities
 • São Domingos Flag of Cape Verde.svg Cape Verde
Website http://www.aytobembibre.es

Bembibre (Spanish pronunciation: [bemˈbiβɾe]) is a municipality and a city located in the province of León, Castile and León, Spain. According to the 2010 census (INE), the municipality has a population of 10,097 inhabitants. The second largest urban settlement in the region of El Bierzo, it is considered as the capital of traditional shire called "Bierzo Alto". Two rivers crosses Bembibre: Boeza and Noceda.

History[edit]

The numerous remains of Cisastur fortifications (castros) found along the city's surroundings prove the man has inhabited these lands from ancient times. However, the origin of the current settlements goes back to the repopulations made in the Middle Ages during the centuries ninth through eleventh, linked to the Church and the edification of several monasteries in the region.

Language[edit]

As in the rest of the community of Castilla y León, Spanish is the most widely spoken language and the language of instruction in schools.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Church of San Pedro Apóstol in Bembibre.
Bembibre

Coordinates: 42°36′54″N 6°25′12″W / 42.615°N 6.420°W / 42.615; -6.420