Mondoñedo

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Mondoñedo
Municipality
Entrance to the Sanctuary of Remedios
Entrance to the Sanctuary of Remedios
Coat of arms of Mondoñedo
Coat of arms
Mondoñedo is located in Spain
Mondoñedo
Mondoñedo
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 43°25′41″N 7°21′46″W / 43.42806°N 7.36278°W / 43.42806; -7.36278
Country Spain
Autonomous community Galicia
Province Lugo
Comarca Mariña Central
Government
 • Mayor Orlando González Cruz
Area
 • Total 142.66 km2 (55.08 sq mi)
Elevation 141 m (463 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 4,508
 • Density 32/km2 (82/sq mi)
Demonym Mindonienses
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 27740

Mondoñedo is a small town and municipality in the Galician province of Lugo, Spain. As of 2009, the town has a population of 4,508. Mondoñedo occupies a sheltered valley among the northern outliers of the Cantabrian Mountains. Despite being the core of the region of La Mariña, it is the city with the third biggest population after Foz and Burela.

The municipality of Mondoñedo is in the northern half of the province of Lugo and is bordered on the north by the municipalities of Foz and Alfoz, to the south by Pastoriza and Riotorto, to the east by Lorenzana and to west with Abadín.

The population of Mondoñedo is distributed throughout the 15 parishes that make up the council.

History[edit]

After having been for nearly a century and a half in the hands of the Moors, Mondoñedo was recaptured by Ordoño I of Asturias in 858; and the Christian possession was made permanent by Alfonso III of León in 870. It was taken by surprise by the French in 1809 during the Napoleonic Wars.

The Galician Province of Mondoñedo disappeared in 1833 when all the seven provinces of Galicia were reduced to four, and the entire Province of Mondoñedo was first divided into two halves and later absorbed and assimilated into the existing provinces of Lugo and A Coruña.

Main sights[edit]

The town was declared a national cultural-historical site in 1985. Its main attraction is the Cathedral, begun in Romanesque style around 1230. It reflects an unusual mixture of styles: Gothic in the nave and the aisles, and Baroque in the its 18th century towers. The polychrome statue in the high altar, called Nuestra Señora la Inglesa (the English Madonna) was rescued from the St. Paul Cathedral in London during the Protestant Reformation of Henry VIII of England.

The Sanctuary of Remedios and the Hospital of San Pablo are both from the 16th century.

The Caves of King "Cintolo" ("Covas do Rei Cintolo") are also located in the outskirts of the town.

Festivals[edit]

  • As San Lucas. This celebration is of uncertain origin but was probably first celebrated in the year 1156 when Alfonso VII was granted the title to the of city Mondoñedo. This is when the celebrations began in honor of San Lucas.
  • As Quendas. The first news about this holiday goes back to the sixteenth century. These festivals are held in the first days of May.
  • Os Remedios. This festival is celebrated the first Sunday after September 8.
  • Mercado Medieval. One of the most anticipated holiday by the people of Mondoñedo. It is held the second weekend of August.

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Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Mondoñedo is twinned with

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