Huéscar

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Huéscar
Municipality
Flag of Huéscar
Flag
Coat of arms of Huéscar
Coat of arms
Location of Huéscar
Location of Huéscar
Huéscar is located in Spain
Huéscar
Huéscar
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 37°48′N 2°32′W / 37.800°N 2.533°W / 37.800; -2.533
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Andalusia
Province Granada
Comarca Comarca de Huéscar
Judicial district Huéscar
Government
 • Mayor Agustín Gallego Chillón
Area
 • Total 468 km2 (181 sq mi)
Elevation 953 m (3,127 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 8,232
 • Density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
Demonym Oscenses
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 18830
Dialing code (+34) 958
Website Official website

Huéscar (Latin: Osca) is a municipality of the province of Granada, Spain.

History[edit]

When the Iberian Peninsula was conquered by Rome, Osca was town of the Turdetani, and incorporated into the Roman province of Hispania Baetica.[1] The purportedly ancient coins of this town are not genuine.[2]

Between 1809 and 1981, Huéscar was at war with Denmark, as a result of the Napoleonic wars over Spain, where Denmark supported the French Empire.

The official declaration of war was forgotten until it was discovered by a local historian in 1981, followed by the signing of a peace treaty on 11 November 1981 by the city mayor and the Ambassador of Denmark.

Not a single shot was fired during the 172 years of war, and nobody was killed or injured.[3]

Main sights[edit]

The main landmark is the Collegiate Church of St. Mary the Major, designed by Diego de Siloé in the 16th century.

Sister cities[edit]

Huéscar is twinned with:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ptolemy ii. 4. § 12; Pliny ii. 1. s. 3.
  2. ^ Enrique Florez, Med.,; Sestini, p. 78; Théodore Edme Mionnet, i. p. 43, Suppl. i. p. 40; Sestini, p. 78.
  3. ^ "Ministry of foreign affairs of Denmark".