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Official seal of Abla
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Abla is located in Spain
Coordinates: 37°8′33″N 2°46′38″W / 37.14250°N 2.77722°W / 37.14250; -2.77722Coordinates: 37°8′33″N 2°46′38″W / 37.14250°N 2.77722°W / 37.14250; -2.77722
Country  Spain
Community Andalusia
Province Almería
 • Mayor Antonio Manuel Ortiz Bono
(PSOE-A) (2015–2019)
 • Total 45.24 km2 (17.47 sq mi)
Elevation 861 m (2,825 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Total 1,342
 • Density 30/km2 (77/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Abulense
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Abla is a municipality, former bishopric and Latin Catholic titular see in Almería province, in Andalusia, southeast Spain.


It is considered to be the Abula mentioned by Ptolemy in his Geographia (II 6, 60) as located in the Iberian region of Bastetania.[1][2]

Another candidate for identification with ancient Abula is Ávila, which may instead have been the ancient Obila.[3]

Ecclesiastical History[edit]

Abula is said to be one of the first cities in Hispania that were Christianized, specifically by Saint Secundus, one of the group of Seven Apostolic Men (siete varones apostólicos), Christian clerics ordained in Rome by Saints Peter and Paul and sent to evangelize Spain.[1][3] Little is known of a second bishop of Abula, called Iulius, living in the 2nd century.

Titular see[edit]

No longer a residential bishopric, Abula is today listed by the Catholic Church as a Latin titular see since the diocese was nominally restored in 1969.[2]

It has had the following incumbents, so far of the fitting episcopal (lowest) rank : [4]


From:INE Archiv


  1. ^ a b Diputación de Almería: "El Cristianismo"
  2. ^ a b Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 822
  3. ^ a b Avitiano (23 December 2008). "Abulenses". Centro de estudios abulenses. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.gcatholic.org/dioceses/former/t0025.htm

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