Cospeito

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cospeito
Municipality
Coat of arms of Cospeito
Coat of arms
Situacion Cospeito.PNG
Cospeito is located in Spain
Cospeito
Cospeito
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 43°14′10″N 7°33′30″W / 43.23611°N 7.55833°W / 43.23611; -7.55833Coordinates: 43°14′10″N 7°33′30″W / 43.23611°N 7.55833°W / 43.23611; -7.55833
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Galicia
Province Lugo
Comarca Terra Chá
Government
 • Alcalde Armando Castosa Alvariño (2007) (PP)
Area
 • Total 144.9 km2 (55.9 sq mi)
Elevation 762 m (2,500 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 5,275
 • Density 36/km2 (94/sq mi)
Demonym Cospeitense
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 27377
Dialing code 982
Website Official website

Cospeito is a municipality of the Province of Lugo in Galicia. It is situated on the plain of Terra Chá. The population in 2007 was 5,349 according to the townhall register (5,609 in 2003).

Etymology[edit]

It is still not clarified as to where the name comes from. According to Xosé L. G. Paz, it may have been derived from the name Conspecti (genitive of the name Conspectus). Another possibility is that it derives from "Conspectu(m)", which in Latin means "visible from the surrounding area"[citation needed].

History and Geography[edit]

It is located in the heart of Terra Chá. There are several small lakes in this area, the best known of which is the Lake of Cospeito. The surrounding wetland is populated by ducks, herons, lapwings and other species.

A pre-Roman hill fort which is known as O Torrillón can still be recognized in Támoga. A nearby castle was destroyed during the Irmandiño uprising.

The ruins of the Tower of Caldaloba (15th century), in the village of Pino, is one of its major monuments.

In this municipality, the German army was allowed to install during the Second World War three radionavigation antennas, 112 metres high with the aim of facilitating the positioning and follow-up of submarines (U-Boots) and aeroplanes in the Bay of Biscay.

Torres de Arneiro[edit]

Main article: Torres de Arneiro

People born in Cospeito[edit]

Villages[edit]

It is made up by the following villages:

  • Arcillá (San Paio)
  • Bestar (Santa María)
  • Bexán ou Rubiños (San Paio)
  • Cospeito (Santa María)
  • Goá (San Xurxo)
  • Lamas (San Martiño)
  • Momán (San Pedro)
  • Muimenta (Santa Mariña)
  • Pino (San Martiño)
  • Rioaveso (Santalla)
  • Roás (San Miguel)
  • Santa Cristina (San Xiao)
  • Seixas (San Pedro)
  • Sisoi (Santalla)
  • Sistallo (San Xoán)
  • Támoga (San Xiao)
  • Vilapene (Santa María)
  • Vilar (Santa María)
  • Xermar (Santa María)
  • Xustás (Santiago)

External links[edit]