Province of Salamanca

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Salamanca
Province
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Coordinates: 40°49′N 6°00′W / 40.817°N 6.000°W / 40.817; -6.000Coordinates: 40°49′N 6°00′W / 40.817°N 6.000°W / 40.817; -6.000
Autonomous community Castilla y León
Capital Salamanca
Government
 • President Francisco Javier Iglesias[1] (PP)
Area
 • Total 12,349.95 km2 (4,768.34 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 16th
  2.45% of Spain
Population (2011)
 • Total 352,986
 • Rank Ranked 37th
 • Density 29/km2 (74/sq mi)
  0.75% of Spain
Demonym Spanish: Salmantino/a, Charro/a
Official language(s) Spanish, Leonese
Website Official website

Salamanca is a province of western Spain, in the western part of the autonomous community of Castile and León (Castilla y León). It is bordered by the provinces of Zamora, Valladolid, Ávila, and Cáceres; and by Portugal. It has an area of 12,349.06 km ² and in 2011 had a population of 352, 986 people. It is divided into 362 municipalities, 11 comarcas, 32 mancomunidades and five judicial districts. Of the 362 municipalities,[2] more than half are villages with fewer than 300 people.

Geography[edit]

Salamanca Province is situated in western Spain, in the western part of Castile and León. It has average altitude of 823 meters, but there are large variations throughout the province, with 2,428 metres (7,966 ft) being the highest point at the peak of the Ceja Canchal in the Sierra de Bejar range,[3] and 116 metres (381 ft) being the lowest point in the valley of the Salto de Saucelle. Also of note is the Sierra de Francia-Quilamas mountain range. The Salamanca hydrographic network is mainly formed by the Duero basin. The most important rivers are the Duero, Tormes, Águeda, Huebra, and Yeltes rivers.[4]

The region is well-irrigated with a number of dams and reservoirs, and with more 3,400 million cubic meters, it is the province with the third highest water storage capacity in Spain, second only to the Province of Badajoz and the Province of Cáceres. Of particular note is the Almendra Dam, five kilometres from the village of Almendra. Constructed between 1964 and 1970, the dam forms part of the hydroelectric system known as the Duero Drops, along with the Castro, Ricobayo, Saucelle and Villalcampo dams of Spain, and the Bemposta, Miranda and Picote dams of nearby Portugal, and forms one of the largest reservoirs in Spain with an area of 86.5 square kilometres (33.4 sq mi) and 2.5 billion cubic metres of water.[5][6] The dam itself is more than half a kilometre wide and, at a height of 202 metres (663 ft), it is one of Spain's tallest structures.

Landmarks[edit]

There are Roman Catholic cathedrals at Salamanca and Ciudad Rodrigo. The Old Cathedral of Salamanca was founded by Bishop Jerome of Périgord, in the 12th century and completed in Romanesque/Gothic style in the 14th century. It is dedicated to Santa Maria de la Sede (Saint Mary of the See). The New Cathedral of Salamanca was constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries in the Late Gothic and Baroque styles. Building began in 1513 and the cathedral was consecrated in 1733. It was commissioned by Ferdinand V of Castile of Spain. It was declared a national monument by royal decree in 1887.[7]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ (Spanish) President's page on provincial official website
  2. ^ "Municipios" (in Spanish). Lasalina.es. Retrieved 18 September 2014.  List of municipalities on provincial official website]
  3. ^ Plikat, Bernd (2011). Sierra de Gredos: Circo de Gredos, Valle del Tiétar, Valle del Jerte ; 56 excursiones y rutas de montaña selectas. Bergverlag Rother GmbH. p. 179. ISBN 978-3-7633-4716-2. 
  4. ^ Moreno, M. (1996). Calidad Quimica y Contaminacion Delas Aguas Subterraneas en España, P (in Spanish). IGME. p. 63. ISBN 978-84-7840-257-1. 
  5. ^ Engineering News-record. McGraw-Hill. 1972. p. 24. 
  6. ^ The Encyclopedia Americana International Edition. 1970. p. 325. 
  7. ^ Garcia Vincente, Jose (2002). "Catedral Nueva" (in Spanish). 

External links[edit]

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