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Municipality and town
Official seal of Estépar
Autonomous communityCastile and León Castile and León
ProvinceFlag of Burgos Burgos
ComarcaAlfoz de Burgos
 • Total102 km2 (39 sq mi)
812 m (2,664 ft)
 • Total608
 • Density6.0/km2 (15/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code

Estépar is a municipality located in the province of Burgos, Castile and León, Spain. According to the 2004 census (INE), the municipality had a population of 797 inhabitants.

Mass graves[edit]

Estépar is the site of multiple mass graves, discovered by the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory in 2014.[2] Initial reports referred to the graves containing the remains of at least 70 republicans who were killed by nationalists in August–September 1936 during the Spanish Civil War.[3]

Spanish Civil War - Mass grave - Estépar, Burgos.jpg

Identification of victims[edit]

The Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory make efforts to identify the bodies they exhume. However, by the time of the excavations at Estépar, the Spanish government under Mariano Rajoy did not give state support to such work,[4] and the Association indicated that at this site the task of identification was going to be complex.[2][5]

In 2017 it was reported that some victims had been reburied in the cemetery of Estépar. Among the people believed to have been killed at Estépar who remain to be identified are the composer Antonio José Martínez Palacios and his brother.[6]

Coordinates: 42°16′N 3°54′W / 42.267°N 3.900°W / 42.267; -3.900


  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ a b Lopez (2014). "Mass graves from Spain's civil war uncovered". World Socialist Web Site. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  3. ^ Arranz, María (25 July 2014). "70 bodies exhumed from Spanish Civil War mass grave in Estépar, Spain". Archived from the original on 21 August 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "El gobierno elimina en 2013 el presupuesto para memoria histórica". Público (in Spanish). Europa Press. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Se recuperan 70 cuerpos de asesinados en Estépar".
  6. ^ "¿Y si Antonio José no fue fusilado?" [And if Antonio Jose wasn't shot?]. Diario de Burgos (in Spanish). 2018.