Riudoms

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Riudoms
Parish church of St. James
Parish church of St. James
Flag of Riudoms
Flag
Official seal of Riudoms
Seal
Riudoms is located in Catalonia
Riudoms
Riudoms
Coordinates: 41°08′19″N 1°3′13″E / 41.13861°N 1.05361°E / 41.13861; 1.05361
Autonomous community Catalonia Catalonia
Province Tarragona
Comarca Baix Camp
Area
 • Total 32.42 km2 (12.52 sq mi)
Elevation 126 m (413 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,473
 • Density 200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Demonym Riudomencs
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 43330

Riudoms is a town in the comarca of Baix Camp, province of Tarragona, in Catalonia, Spain, located about five kilometres from the regional capital Reus.

The main product is the hazelnut, today in recession, and extra virgin olive oil.

History[edit]

Mas de la Calderera, the house where Antoni Gaudí was born.

Riudoms was a Roman rural settlement (some archaeological remains and coins were discovered), that was depopulated when the Muslims dominated the region in the 8th century. Conquered by the Norman Robert d'Aguiló under the orders of the Catalan count, the lordship of Riudoms was granted to Arnau de Palomar on 24 January 1150. A castle was constructed and a town born at side.

Although it is widely accepted that he was born in Reus, this village is considered by some people the place of birth of the architect Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, designer of the Sagrada Família church in Barcelona and the most famous creator of the artistic movement of Modernisme.

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