El Masnou

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El Masnou
Municipality
Chiesa El Masnou.jpg
Flag of El Masnou
Flag
Coat of arms of El Masnou
Coat of arms
El Masnou is located in Catalonia
El Masnou
El Masnou
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 41°28′55″N 2°19′5″E / 41.48194°N 2.31806°E / 41.48194; 2.31806Coordinates: 41°28′55″N 2°19′5″E / 41.48194°N 2.31806°E / 41.48194; 2.31806
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Barcelona
Comarca Maresme
Government
 • Mayor Pere Parés i Rosés
Area
 • Total 3.44 km2 (1.33 sq mi)
Elevation 27 m (89 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 21,935
 • Density 6,400/km2 (17,000/sq mi)
Demonym Masnoví, masnovina
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

El Masnou (Catalan pronunciation: [əɫ məzˈnɔw], Catalan for the new farmhouse) is a municipality in Catalonia, Spain. It is situated on the coast between Montgat and Premià de Mar, to the north-east of the city of Barcelona, in the comarca (county) of el Maresme. The town is both a tourist centre and a (somewhat exclusive) dormitory town for Barcelona.

The main N-II road and a RENFE railway line run through the town, while a local road links it with the A-19 autopista at Alella.

The town center has buildings in a wide range of styles: neoclassical, modernista, noucentista and simply eclectic. The municipal museum has collections of archeology and of Catalan ceramics, and there is also a private museum of pharmacy and medicine. A Roman village called Cal Ros de les Cabres was one of the first settlements located on the site of the current town.

The agriculture of El Masnou is mainly of flowers, especially carnations, and the industry has a predominance of textile, with several industries about ceramics, glass and pharmaceutical products.

Famous Catalan Cellist Pablo Casals lived in El Masnou, and current basketball star Ricky Rubio is a native. Also, Bruno, a professional footballer who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion, was born in El Masnou.

Other famous people who were born in El Masnou are:

  • Antoni Llampallas Alsina (1855-1923) Attorney and delegate to the Union Catalanista in the House of Manresa (1892).
  • Fèlix Oliver (Masnou, 1856 - Montevideo (Uruguay), 1932), a pioneer of cinema in Uruguay.
  • Jordi Pagans i Monsalvatje (1932): One of the most important Catalan contemporary figurative painters. Cousin of the renowned classical music composer Xavier Montsalvatge i Bassols. In his paintings you can see clearly the influence of the Empordà coast, especially the people of Cadaqués.
  • Lluís Millet i Pagès (1867-1941): musician, founder of the Catalan choir.

Demography[edit]

1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2007
3396 4604 5098 10,410 15,169 21,935

References[edit]

  • Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona:Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-01-3 (Spanish). ISBN 84-87135-02-1 (Catalan).

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