Riaño, León

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Riaño
Municipality
New Riaño, the new village built to replace the submerged Riaño. The old village is located under the bridge. The mountain on the left is Peak Gilbo.
New Riaño, the new village built to replace the submerged Riaño. The old village is located under the bridge. The mountain on the left is Peak Gilbo.
Flag of Riaño
Flag
Coat of arms of Riaño
Coat of arms
Riaño is located in Spain
Riaño
Riaño
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°58′29″N 5°00′43″W / 42.97472°N 5.01194°W / 42.97472; -5.01194
Country Spain
Autonomous community Castile and León
Province León
Comarca Montaña de Riaño
Government
 • Mayor Manuel Javier Fernández Presa
Area
 • Total 97.63 km2 (37.70 sq mi)
Elevation 1,131 m (3,711 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 532
 • Density 5.4/km2 (14/sq mi)
Demonym Riañéses
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 24900
Website Official website
Old Riaño, before it was flooded, November 1984.

Riaño (Riañu, in Leonese dialect), is a former small municipality located along the Esla River in the mountains of the province of León, in the autonomous community of Castile and León, northern Spain. The village was across the river from Peak Gilbo. Located 1153 feet above sea level, it is in the Cantabrian mountains near the foothills of the Picos de Europe.

Due to planned construction of a dam and reservoir in the 1980s, for flood control and generation of hydroelectric power, the village and its lowlying farmland were to be submerged, as were six other villages in the associated dam project. The residents were relocated to New Riaño, built as a replacement higher above the reservoir waters. [1] In 2010 the village had 532 residents.

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  1. ^ Andy Simington, Northern Spain Handbook, (Footprint Travel Guides, 2003), 284.

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