Mieres, Asturias

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Mieres
Municipality
Flag of Mieres
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Coat of arms of Mieres
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Location of Mieres in the Asturias.
Location of Mieres in the Asturias.
Mieres is located in Spain
Mieres
Mieres
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 43°15′3″N 5°46′36″W / 43.25083°N 5.77667°W / 43.25083; -5.77667
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Asturias
Province Asturias
Comarca Caudal
Capital Mieres del Camino
Government
 • Mayor Luis María García García (PSOE)
Area
 • Total 146.03 km2 (56.38 sq mi)
Elevation 386 m (1,266 ft)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 44,459
 • Density 300/km2 (790/sq mi)
Demonym Mierenses
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 33600
Official language(s) Asturian
Website Official website

Mieres is a municipality of Asturias, northern Spain with approximately 45,000 inhabitants.[1] The municipality of Mieres is made up of the capital, Mieres del Camino and the villages of Baiña, Figaredo, Cenera, Loredo, La Peña, La Rebollada, Santullano, Santa Rosa, Seana, Ujo, Urbies, Valdecuna, Santa Cruz, Ablaña, Turón, Gallegos, Bustiello.[2]

History[edit]

Mieres is the heart of the coal mining industry in Spain.[3] The topography of Mieres is mountainous with the greatest population centers being located in the valley along the banks of the Caudal River (Río Caudal) valley in the center of Asturias.[4] Before the Spanish Industrial Restructuring Mieres was one of the industrial backbone of Asturias, and hosts 70.000 inhabitants in the 60s. Today Mieres shelters a campus of the University of Oviedo and different museums in relation with the industrial heritage.

The municipality of Mieres is served by bus routes and the regional rail lines FEVE and RENFE Cercanias, connected with Oviedo, Gijón, León and Langreo.

Festivals[edit]

Mieres’ most popular and important festival St. John's Bonfire (La Foguera de San Juan)[5] occurs every June 24's eve, and is high-lighted by a huge bonfire, cultural events, dancing, outdoor concerts, fireworks, al fresco dining and drinking. Another important festival is the Folixa na Primavera in April (Spring Fiesta), which includes dance and music performances from the nine European Celtis regions, food, drink and especially cider, (sidra).[6]

Parishes[edit]

Requexu Square and St. John's Church
Palacio de Arriba, Cenera

There are fifteen parishes:

Notable residents[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

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