Berga

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Berga
Municipality
Berga des de Queralt.jpg
Coat of arms of Berga
Coat of arms
Berga is located in Catalonia
Berga
Berga
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 42°06′04″N 1°50′38″E / 42.10111°N 1.84389°E / 42.10111; 1.84389
Province Barcelona
Comarca Berguedà
Government
 • Mayor Juli Gendrau i Farguell (CIU)
Area
 • Total 22.56 km2 (8.71 sq mi)
Elevation 704 m (2,310 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 17,160
 • Density 760/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Demonym Berguedà
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website Official website

Berga (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈbɛrɣə]) is the capital of the comarca (county) of Berguedà, in Catalonia.

History[edit]

Berga derives its name from the Bergistani, an Iberian tribe that lived in the area before the Roman conquest. The Bergistani were first subdued by Hannibal in 218 BC. They rebelled twice against the Romans and were twice defeated; after their second uprising, much of the tribe was sold into slavery. Livy mentions their principal town, Castrum Bergium which was likely the precursor to the modern town of Berga.[1]

Berga was ruled by viscounts in the Early Middle Ages and it had its own counts from 988.

Berga was sold to king Peter II of Aragon in 1199.

In May, 2012, the urban council decided to pass a motion declaring King Juan Carlos 'persona non grata' following a series of scandals involving the royal family, most notably the monarch's recent elephant hunting trip to Africa in the middle of Spain's deepening recession.[2]

La Patum[edit]

Berga is perhaps most famous for its traditional festival of "La Patum", a celebration which occurs every Corpus Christi, lasting for five days.

Free Software Street[edit]

On July 3, 2010 the world's first Free Software Street was inaugurated in Berga, during a ceremony attended by Richard Stallman.[3]

Sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana vol.III pg.466. Edicions 62. Barcelona, 1971
  2. ^ http://www.salon.com/2012/05/05/spains_king_declared_unwelcome_by_northern_town/singleton/
  3. ^ "Berga inaugura el primer carrer del món dedicat al programari lliure" (in Catalan). 324. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Vänorter

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