Venta de Baños

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Venta de Baños
Municipality
Church of San Juan de Baños, founded in 661 AD.
Church of San Juan de Baños, founded in 661 AD.
Venta de Baños is located in Spain
Venta de Baños
Venta de Baños
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 41°56′N 4°30′W / 41.933°N 4.500°W / 41.933; -4.500
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Castile and León
Province Palencia
Comarca El Cerrato
Judicial district Palencia
Commonwealth El Cerrato
Founded 1860
Government
 • Mayor Consolación Pablos Labajo (2007) (PSOE)
Area
 • Total 14.25 km2 (5.50 sq mi)
Elevation 723 m (2,372 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 6,437
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demonym Venteños, Ventabañenses
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 34200
Official language(s) Spanish
Website Official website

Venta de Baños is a village and municipality of about 5,880 located in El Cerrato, in the province of Palencia, part of the autonomous community of Castile and León, central Spain. It is located south of the provincial capital, Palencia. Noteworthy monuments include its Visigothic church of San Juan de Baños de Cerrato. RENFE and Grupo SIRO are the principal activities in the municipality.

In popular culture and among Spanish railway travellers, Venta de Baños has traditionally had the same sort of iconic status as other great railway junctions of the world, such as Crewe in the UK. Before the advent of the dedicated high velocity routes and cheaper air travel, it was the principal transfer point for travellers between the north-east and north-west of Spain and the south. Generations of railway passengers have memories of the waiting rooms and cafeteria at Venta de Baños.

The town hosts an annual international cross country running competition: the Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños. It has featured some of the world's foremost cross country athletes including Kenenisa Bekele and Palencian-born Marta Domínguez.[1]

Twin towns - sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 25 años de historia (Spanish) (25 Years of History). Venta de Baños. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.