Ponte Caldelas

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Ponte Caldelas
municipality
Official seal of Ponte Caldelas
Seal
Ponte Caldelas is located in Spain
Ponte Caldelas
Ponte Caldelas
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°23′N 8°30′W / 42.383°N 8.500°W / 42.383; -8.500
Country Spain
Autonomous community Galicia
Province Pontevedra
Comarca Pontevedra
Government
 • Mayor Perfecto Rodríguez Muíños
Area
 • Total 87 km2 (33.6 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 5,739
 • Density 66.0/km2 (170.8/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CET (UTC+2)
Website http://www.pontecaldelas.net

Ponte Caldelas (Spanish: Puente Caldelas) is a municipality in Galicia, Spain in the province of Pontevedra. It takes its name from an ancient bridge over the Río Caldelas.

Etymology[edit]

The town is more than likely named after the old bridge over the river Verdugo, combined with its thermal springs (caldas originates from the Latin word calidae or hot in English).

Location[edit]

Ponte Caldelas is bounded to the north by the municipality of Cotobade, to the south by Fornelos de Montes and Soutomaior, to east by A Lama and to the west by the municipality of Pontevedra.

Parishes[edit]

Ponte Caldelas has nine parishes: Anceu, Barbudo, Caritel, Forzáns, A Insua, Ponte Caldelas, Taboadelo, Tourón and Xustáns.

History[edit]

In 1126 King Alfonso VII was granted the Loyalty title. On the other hand goes the legend, the famous Queen Lupa, which persecuted the disciples of the apostle Santiago, was a native of this town and resided here. Later in the nineteenth century it received the treatment of Villa.

These lands were property of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Gelmírez granted Ponte Caldelas privileges and franchises. In the past Ponte Caldelas half belonged to the former province of Santiago and the other half to Tuy.