Location of the municipality of Medellín within Extremadura
|County||Las Vegas Altas|
|• Body||Ayuntamiento de Medellín|
|• Mayor||Antonio Parral Carmona|
Medellín (pronounced: [meðeˈʎin]) is a village in the province of Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain, notable as the birthplace of Hernán Cortés in 1485 and the site of the Battle of Medellín, during the Peninsular War. The second largest city in Colombia, Medellín, was named so in honour of this small village, as well as Medellín, Veracruz in Mexico, two cities in Argentina, and Medellin, Cebu in the Philippines.
The city was named after the Roman general Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius who founded it as a military base for his operations in western Iberia during the Sertorian War. It was originally called Metellinum.
Famous Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés was born here in 1485.
It has a population of 2,337 (2009) and an area of 65 km².
- Official website of Medellín (Spanish)
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