Picassent

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Picassent
Municipality
Coat of arms of Picassent
Coat of arms
Picassent is located in Spain
Picassent
Picassent
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 39°21′40″N 0°27′36″W / 39.36111°N 0.46000°W / 39.36111; -0.46000Coordinates: 39°21′40″N 0°27′36″W / 39.36111°N 0.46000°W / 39.36111; -0.46000
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Valencia
Comarca Horta Sud
Judicial district Picassent
Government
 • Mayoress María Concepción García Ferrer (2003) (PSOE)
Area
 • Total 85.78 km2 (33.12 sq mi)
Elevation 50 m (160 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 19,385
 • Density 230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Demonym Picassentí, picassentina
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 46220
Official language(s) Valencian
Website Official website

Picassent (Valencian pronunciation: [pikaˈsent]) is a municipality in the comarca of Horta Sud in the Valencian Community, Spain.

Picassent is a town of close to twenty thousand people. Originally the town's main economic activity was agriculture, however during the last twenty years Picassent developed two industrial areas adjacent to the city centre. The excellent communications and its distance to the main City of Valencia have converted Picassent in an ideal location (and cheaper) for the city workers that commute every day.

In the surrounding country side, one of the largest of the cantons (comarca), the locals grow orange trees.

The municipality is composed by several neighbourhoods, some more formal than others. Traditionally these neighborhoods were attached to the three Churches sited next to three main town squares: "San Cristobal" next to the townhall square, "Milagrosa" next to the Market square and "l´hermita de la Vallivana" next to "l´hermita" square.

The town celebrates two main festivals a year, one on the 10th of July in honour of "San Cristobal" and another on the 8th of September in honour to "Virgen de la Vallivana". During the July festival there is a week of "bous al carrer", a version of the well known "San Fermin" in Pamplona. Also in September the main day (the 8th) is surrounded by a week of multiple activities: from religious processions to classic and rock music concerts and fireworks.

Villa behind orange and palm trees

Picassent has an Underground station (Line 1) whose name is "Picassent".[1] This connects the city centre of the municipality with the capital València. It takes half an hour more or less going from Picassent to Valencia city centre.

It hosts the two main prisons of Valencia.[2]

History[edit]

The village origins are old. Antiques have been found from the Bronze Age. It got the entitlement of 'village' in 1324, and on the 22nd of October 1364 it came under the control of Pere Boil Colom. Its population in 1510 was less than 400 people, around 100 families, which got halved during the war with <uslims and the general crisis in 1646 with the loss of some settlements like Ninyerola and Espioca. It didn't recover until the year 1713 when it reached 100 families again and has continued growing until now.

The older area is known as the "Carrerons" (meaning long streets in the local language).

The village kept its original walls until 1820.

Some remaining historic building are

  • The Sant Cristofol church which was built over an older building between the years 1712 and 1755.
  • The Espioca tower, which was built by Muslims in the 11th century and was used as a defensive point for Valencia. It has four floors and it is located near the highway A-35.

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Other references[edit]

National Statistics Institute of Spain