Bonastre

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Bonastre
Municipality
Santa Magdalena church door
Santa Magdalena church door
Flag of Bonastre
Flag
Coat of arms of Bonastre
Coat of arms
Bonastre is located in Catalonia
Bonastre
Bonastre
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 41°13′16″N 1°26′24″E / 41.221°N 1.440°E / 41.221; 1.440Coordinates: 41°13′16″N 1°26′24″E / 41.221°N 1.440°E / 41.221; 1.440
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Tarragona
Comarca Baix Penedès
Government
 • Mayor David Godall Sanroma (2015)[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 25.0 km2 (9.7 sq mi)
Elevation 182 m (597 ft)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 622
 • Density 25/km2 (64/sq mi)
Website www.bonastre.altanet.org

Bonastre is a municipality in the comarca of the Baix Penedès in Catalonia, Spain. It is situated in the west of the comarca in the Quadrell range. Bonastre became part of the Baix Penedès in the comarcal revision of 1990: previously it formed part of the Tarragonès.

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In 1178, Bernat de Papiol, who was lord of the place, donated it to the Monastery of St Cugat. In 1382, King Pedro IV took possession of Bonastre for the crown although the monastery continued to govern the village until the 17th Century.

During the Trienio Liberal Bonastre supported the royalists. In 1822 the town was attacked by a party of militia and was left deserted as its inhabitants fled to the surrounding mountains. However the militia were attacked by royalist troops when they left Bonastre and routed.

The 19th-century parish church is dedicated to St Magdalene. It was built on the site of an ancient Romanesque temple which was completely destroyed on 1849. It consists of a single building covered by a cylindrical vault, with small interconnecting chapels at the side. The baptistry and sanctuary stand out. It was the work of a modernistic architect Josep Maria Jujol. Another notable building is a 19th-century house known as “can Fontanilles”. It has some interesting graphics on its façade, which include the arms of Bonastre and Catalonia

The main festival at Bonastre takes place in July under the feast of St Magdalena.

A local road links the village with Roda de Barà.

Demography[edit]

1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2001
779 598 479 408 275 424

The village's economic base is agriculture, in the cultivation of vines, almonds and olives.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona:Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-01-3 (Spanish). ISBN 84-87135-02-1 (Catalan).
  • Tomàs Bonell, Jordi; Descobrir Catalunya, poble a poble, Prensa Catalana, Barcelona, 1994

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