Juviles

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Juviles
Municipality
Flag of Juviles
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Coat of arms of Juviles
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Location of Juviles
Location of Juviles
Juviles is located in Spain
Juviles
Juviles
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 36°57′N 3°13′W / 36.950°N 3.217°W / 36.950; -3.217Coordinates: 36°57′N 3°13′W / 36.950°N 3.217°W / 36.950; -3.217
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Andalusia
Province Granada
Comarca Alpujarras
Judicial district Órgiva
Government
 • Alcaldesa María Lurdes Molina Henares (2007) (PP)
Area
 • Total 15 km2 (6 sq mi)
Elevation 1,255 m (4,117 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 173
 • Density 12/km2 (30/sq mi)
Demonym Juvileño, -a
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 18452
Website Official website

Juviles is a village and municipality in the central Alpujarras, in the province of Granada in Spain. The village is located at 36° 57' north and 3° 13' east, and stands at an altitude of 1,255 metres, on the road from Trevélez to Ugíjar. The municipality has an area of 12 square km, and its population in 2003 was estimated at 160.

Although traditionally agricultural, the area under cultivation in the municipality is now only 35 hectares. However, like Trevélez it is known for its air-cured ham. In Moorish times it was a centre of the silk industry.

A fortress was established in Juviles in the 8th century, though the origins of the village are probably older. It acquired strategic importance during the Middle Ages, often serving as a refuge for local people in times of civil strife. In 913 it was conquered by Aberramán III. From the 12th to the 16th century the village served as the administrative centre of a "taha" of 12 settlements with 23 smaller hamlets associated with them. Following the 1500 morisco rebellion, Fernando the Catholic destroyed the fortress as a measure against further revolts; its ruins can still be seen. In 1572, as in other Alpujarran areas, the remaining morisco population was replaced by Christians brought from Castile.

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