Granátula de Calatrava

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Granátula de Calatrava
Granátula
Municipality
Coat-of-arms of Granátula
Coat of arms
Granátula de Calatrava is located in Spain
Granátula de Calatrava
Granátula de Calatrava
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°47′43″N 3°44′35″W / 38.79528°N 3.74306°W / 38.79528; -3.74306
Country  Spain
Autonomous Community  Castile-La Mancha
Province Ciudad Real
Government
 • Mayor Félix Herrera Carneros (PP)
Area
 • Total 152.65 km2 (58.94 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 941
 • Density 6.2/km2 (16/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Granatuleños
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
Website Official website
Oreto and Zuqueca archaeological site

Granátula de Calatrava is a municipality in the province of Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. It was known as Oretum in ancient Iberian times.

The present-day town is located in the valley of the Jabalón river, in an area with Mediterranean-type agricultural resources from which olive oil, wine, cereals, almonds and various orchard products are obtained.

Main sights[edit]

Archaeological sites include the Virgen de Oreto y Zuqueca (Oreto and Zuqueca) site, where Oretum, the ancient capital of Oretani was located. Also the Bronze Age site of La Encantada is within Granátula de Calatrava's municipal term. Other sights include the palace of the Torrubias, the House of the Inquisition, the parish church dedicated to Saint Anne, and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Oreto and Zuqueca, which dates from the Middle Ages. The urban network shows the varied typology of Baroque buildings.

The landscape has been intensely altered by mankind, and therefore is full of manor houses, from small to large; bridges, water wheels, and the peasant stone refuges known as carapuchetes.

Culture[edit]

Popular culture may be observed in a number of stone crosses, the so-called "armaos" ("armed ones") who make their appearance during Holy Week, as well as some 40 religious feasts, holidays and pageants that take place during the year. Tales and legends of yore, traditions and a rich gastronomy, as well as the work in mat-weed and lace also form part of the locality's lore.