La Sénia

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La Sénia
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Coat of arms of La Sénia
Coat of arms
La Sénia is located in Catalonia
La Sénia
La Sénia
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 40°38′12″N 0°16′56″E / 40.63667°N 0.28222°E / 40.63667; 0.28222Coordinates: 40°38′12″N 0°16′56″E / 40.63667°N 0.28222°E / 40.63667; 0.28222
Country Spain
Community Catalonia
ProvinceTarragona
ComarcaMontsià
Government
 • mayorJoan Moisés Reverté (2015)[1]
Area
 • Total108.4 km2 (41.9 sq mi)
Elevation
269 m (883 ft)
Population
(2014)[1]
 • Total5,893
 • Density54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Senienc, senienca
Websitewww.lasenia.cat
Exconjuratory at Pallerols, Ports de Beseit, a religious building within La Sénia municipal term where La Sénia people hold yearly celebrations in honor of the virgin of Pallerols

La Sénia is a municipality in the comarca of Montsià in Catalonia, Spain.

This town is located in a plain by the Sénia River at the western end of the Montsià county. The limestone massif of the Ports de Tortosa-Beseit rises a few miles west of the town.

There are important celebrations every year in September in honor of Our Lady of Pallerols.

History[edit]

La Sénia was an important resting point for wayfarers and transhumant cattle herders in the past with roadside inns where travelers could rest and recover from the day's journey.

In 1937 a military airfield was built by the Spanish Republican Air Force. Its location was chosen due to its strategic position, equidistant of the then republican cities of Barcelona and Valencia (for defensive purposes) and the then nationalist Zaragoza and Mallorca island (for attack purposes). The airfield was first used by the Spanish Republican Air Force. In 1938 it was captured by the rebels. Franco offered the airfield to Hitler, who sent the Legión Condor, composed of Luftwaffe's airplanes and pilots. They used it during the rest of the Spanish Civil War. The airfield was abandoned shortly after the war was over.[3]

La Sénia experienced an economic boom during the 1990s as the local industries producing furniture profited from the real estate bubble in Spain. The town is now suffering much as a consequence of the late-2000s recession.[4] La Sénia is part of the Taula del Sénia free association of municipalities. The Ulldecona Dam is located close to La Sénia.

Villages[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ajuntament de la Sénia". Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  2. ^ "El municipi en xifres: La Sénia". Statistical Institute of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  3. ^ La Senia Town Hall - Types of aeroplanes which were in the aviation field Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Els fabricants de mobles demanen un pla per reconvertir el sector - Diari de Tarragona

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