Almaraz

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Almaraz
Municipality
Coat of arms of Almaraz
Coat of arms
Almaraz is located in Spain
Almaraz
Almaraz
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 39°48′N 5°40′W / 39.800°N 5.667°W / 39.800; -5.667Coordinates: 39°48′N 5°40′W / 39.800°N 5.667°W / 39.800; -5.667
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Extremadura
Province Cáceres
Comarca Campo Arañuelo
Government
 • Alcaldesa María Sabina Hernández Fernández (2007)[1] (PP-EU)
Area
 • Total 34 km2 (13 sq mi)
Elevation 277 m (909 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 1,250
 • Density 37/km2 (95/sq mi)
Demonym(s) almaraceño/a[2]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 10350
Website Official website

Almaraz is a town in Cáceres Province, Extremadura, Spain. As of 2005, its population is 1,295. It is on the European route E90. It is the home of the Almaraz Nuclear Power Plant. A solar power macroplant is being built in the town.

The bridge over the Tagus at Almaraz was built by Emperor Carlos I in the 16th Century and was known by the local people as the Albalat Bridge; however, it was destroyed by the Spanish on March 14, 1809 to prevent its use by the French during the Peninsular War.[3] In the Battle of Almaraz on 18/19 May 1812, the Anglo-Portuguese Army under Lord Hill destroyed a French pontoon bridge across the Tagus which was protected by two French garrisons at either end.

Later, the old bridge at Almaraz has been repaired and can be driven across.

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