Teruel

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Teruel
Municipality
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Coat of arms of Teruel
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Teruel is located in Spain
Teruel
Teruel
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 40°20′37″N 1°6′26″W / 40.34361°N 1.10722°W / 40.34361; -1.10722Coordinates: 40°20′37″N 1°6′26″W / 40.34361°N 1.10722°W / 40.34361; -1.10722
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Aragón
Province Teruel
Comarca Comunidad de Teruel
Judicial district Teruel
Founded 1171
Government
 • Alcalde Miguel Ferrer (PAR)
Area
 • Total 440.41 km2 (170.04 sq mi)
Elevation 915 m (3,002 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 35,396
 • Density 80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Demonym Turolense
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 44001 - 44003
Dialing code 978
Official language(s) Spanish
Website Official website

Teruel (Spanish pronunciation: [teˈɾwel]) is a town in Aragon, eastern Spain, and the capital of Teruel Province. It has a population of 35,961 in 2013[1] making it the least populated provincial capital in the country. It is noted for its harsh climate (hot in summer and very cold in winter), its renowned jamón serrano (cured ham), its pottery, its surrounding archaeological sites, rock outcrops containing some of the oldest dinosaur remains of the Iberian Peninsula, and its famous Fiestas (La vaquilla del ángel during the second weekend of July and "Bodas de Isabel de Segura" around the third weekend of February). Teruel is regarded as the "town of mudéjar" due to numerous buildings designed in this style. All of them are comprised in the Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon which is a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

Teruel's remote and mountainous location (it is 915 metres above sea level) and its low population has led to relative isolation within Spain. A campaign group with the slogan Teruel existe ("Teruel exists") was founded in 1999 to press for greater recognition and investment in the town and the province. Due in part to the campaign, transport connections to Teruel are being greatly improved with the construction of a motorway between Zaragoza and Sagunto, large parts of which are now open. However, Teruel remains the only provincial capital in peninuslar Spain without a direct railway link to the capital, Madrid.

Climate[edit]

Climograph of Teruel.

Teruel's climate is a moderate continental one typical of a mountainous region. Summer temperatures are mild, although there is much temperature variation, and winters are cold, with low minimum temperatures sometimes dropping to −10 °C. The lowest amount of rainfall is in winter and the greatest falls at the end of spring.

The temperature records recorded at the Observatoire de Teruel 39.3 °C on August 4, 2007 and −19.0 °C on December 26, 2001.

Climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall all year round. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb" (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate).[2]

Climate data for Teruel
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 9
(49)
12
(53)
14
(58)
16
(61)
21
(69)
26
(78)
31
(87)
29
(85)
25
(77)
18
(65)
13
(56)
10
(50)
19
(66)
Average low °C (°F) −2
(28)
−1
(30)
1
(33)
3
(37)
7
(44)
10
(50)
13
(55)
13
(55)
10
(50)
6
(42)
1
(34)
−1
(31)
5
(41)
Precipitation mm (inches) 18
(0.7)
15
(0.6)
20
(0.8)
36
(1.4)
56
(2.2)
43
(1.7)
30
(1.2)
41
(1.6)
36
(1.4)
41
(1.6)
23
(0.9)
20
(0.8)
373
(14.7)
Source: Weatherbase[3]

History[edit]

El torico (The little bull), Teruel's totem.

Teruel was founded in 1176 by Sancho Sánchez Muñoz and Blasco Garcés Marcilla. In the Middle Ages Teruel possessed a prominent Jewish community, which was robust during the centuries Muslims were in power and enjoyed several privileges. Later on after the Christian reconquest of Spain, the Jewish community paid a yearly tax of 300 sueldos (in the 14th century). Its members were engaged in commerce and industry, especially in wool-weaving. During the persecutions of 1391 many of them were killed, while others accepted Christianity in order to save their lives.[4]

Teruel was fought over in the Spanish Civil War and suffered much destruction. The Battle of Teruel in December 1937-February 1938, was one of the bloodiest of the war. The town changed hands several times, first falling to the Republicans and eventually being re-taken by the Nationalists. In the course of the fighting, Teruel was subjected to heavy artillery and aerial bombardment. The two sides suffered up to 140,000 casualties between them in the three-month battle. The Nationalists won a decisive victory.

Main sights[edit]

Glass roof of the museum of religious art in Teruel.
La Escalinata.

The beauty of the town's cultural inheritance, which has some Islamic influence, has been recognised by UNESCO, which includes four churches in the World Heritage Site Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon, notably the town's ornate cathedral in the Mudéjar style.[5]

One of Teruel's best known monuments is very small statue of a bull on top of a tall column, known as El Torico ("the little bull"). It is located in the main square, Plaza Carlos Castell, more commonly known as the Plaza del Torico in the middle of the town center.

Other sights include:

  • Torre de El Salvador (14th century), in mudéjar style
  • Cathedral: Catedral de Santa María de Teruel, in mudéjar style
  • San Pedro, a notable mudéjar church (16th century) with a tower similar to that of the cathedral. It includes a mausoleum, Mausoleo de Los Amantes, housing the mummified bodies of Isabel de Segura (a wealthy woman) and Diego de Marcilla (a poor man who battled at Crusades to earn some money with the intention to return to get married with Isabel) whose love ended tragically. This story is known as los amantes de Teruel and has inspired writers (for example Hartzenbusch) and an opera composed by Tomás Bretón.
  • Church of La Merced, with a bell tower in mudéjar style (the upper sector added later in Baroque style).
  • Church of San Salvador (17th century), with one of the most outstanding mudéjar towers. It houses a 14th-century wooden sculpture of Christ.
  • Church of San Martín (17th century).
  • Torre de San Martín (14th century), in mudéjar style
  • Church of San Miguel (12th century), remade in the 17th century in Baroque style.
  • Castillo de Alambes, a 15th-century fortification built over the Arabic Alcazar.
  • Casa El Torico, Casa Ferrán and Casa La Madrileña, 1910s liberty style houses
  • Palace of the Marquis of Tosos (17th century)
  • The Gothic church of St. Francis (1391–1492). It has a single nave with chapels covered by a ribbed vault with no crossing.
  • Los Arcos, an aqueduct with two orders of arcade from 1538.
Plaza del Torico.

On the outskirts of Teruel is Dinópolis Teruel, a combined theme park and museum centred around dinosaurs. Promoted as a paleontological park, it includes a life-size robotic model of a Tyrannosaurus rex.[1] Dinópolis also owns three other museums in the surrounding area, which display the remains of dinosaurs discovered in the region.[2]. The chimney of the Teruel Power Plant is one of the tallest freestanding structures in Western Europe.

Transportation[edit]

The city buses are run by Grupo Autobuses Jimenez.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Cifras oficiales de población resultantes de la revisión del Padrón municipal a 1 de enero de 2013, Resumen por Capitales de provincias
  2. ^ Climate Summary for Teruel
  3. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on July 26, 2013.
  4. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia
  5. ^ Alejandro Lapunzina (2005). Architecture of Spain. Greenwood. p. 37. 
  6. ^ http://www.hola.com/famosos/2010092645637/ganadora/MissEspana/2010/1/

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