Medellín, Spain

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Medellín
Municipality
Flag of Medellín
Flag
Coat of arms of Medellín
Coat of arms
Location of the municipality of Medellín within Extremadura
Location of the municipality of Medellín within Extremadura
Medellín is located in Spain
Medellín
Medellín
Location of Medellín within Spain
Coordinates: 38°57′47″N 5°57′28″W / 38.96306°N 5.95778°W / 38.96306; -5.95778Coordinates: 38°57′47″N 5°57′28″W / 38.96306°N 5.95778°W / 38.96306; -5.95778
Country Spain
Region Extremadura
Province Badajoz
County Las Vegas Altas
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Body Ayuntamiento de Medellín
 • Mayor Antonio Parral Carmona
Population (2009)
 • Total 2,337
Demonym Metelinense
Website http://www.medellin.es/

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.

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