Benabarre

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Benabarre
Benavarri
Municipality
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Coat of arms of Benabarre
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Benabarre is located in Spain
Benabarre
Benabarre
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°7′0″N 0°29′0″E / 42.11667°N 0.48333°E / 42.11667; 0.48333Coordinates: 42°7′0″N 0°29′0″E / 42.11667°N 0.48333°E / 42.11667; 0.48333
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Aragon
Province Huesca
Comarca Ribagorza
Judicial district Barbastro
Government
 • Alcalde Alfredo Sancho Guardia (2007) (PSOE)
Area
 • Total 157.14 km2 (60.67 sq mi)
Elevation 788 m (2,585 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 1,197
 • Density 7.6/km2 (20/sq mi)
Demonym Benabarrense
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 22580
Website Official website

Benabarre (Spanish: [benaˈβare]) or Benavarri (Catalan: [bənəˈβari], locally: [benaˈβari]; Aragonese: Benabarri) is a town in the Aragonese county of Ribagorza, in the province of Huesca, Spain.

Traditionally, Benabarre was the capital of the historic County of Ribagorza, which was more expansive in territory than today, and included the comarca of Alta Ribagorça, now in the province of Lleida, Catalonia.

It was during the Spanish War of Independence, from 1808-1814, that the French Napoleonic troops, in retaliation, decided to make Graus the temporary capital of the county. Graus' population since that time has increased such that it is the largest town in Ribagorza and has consequently evolved into the role of administrative county seat. Despite this, Benabarre continues to be a significant historical and cultural center of attraction.

Demographics[edit]

In 1991, Benabarre's population was at 1,233, and has since declined to 1,112, as of 2004.

Language[edit]

Situated within the geo-linguistic area of La Franja, Benabarre's local dialect of Ribagorçan is a form of Catalan.

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