Molina de Aragón

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Molina de Aragón, Spain
Skyline of Molina de Aragón, Spain
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Official seal of Molina de Aragón, Spain
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Molina de Aragón, Spain is located in Spain
Molina de Aragón, Spain
Molina de Aragón, Spain
Location in Spain.
Coordinates: 40°50′46″N 1°53′11″W / 40.84611°N 1.88639°W / 40.84611; -1.88639Coordinates: 40°50′46″N 1°53′11″W / 40.84611°N 1.88639°W / 40.84611; -1.88639
Country Spain
Autonomous community Castile-La Mancha
Province Guadalajara
Comarca Señorío de Molina-Alto Tajo
Government
 • Mayor David Pascual Herrera
Area
 • Total 168.33 km2 (64.99 sq mi)
Elevation 1,065 m (3,494 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 3,671
 • Density 22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 19300
Website Official website
Tower of Aragon.

Molina de Aragón is a municipality located in the province of Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. According to the 2009 census (INE), the municipality has a population of 3,671 inhabitants. It holds the record (−28 °C) for the lowest temperature measured by a meteorological station in Spain.[1]

It was the seat of the taifa of Molina, a Moorish independent state, before it was reconquered by the Christians of Alfonso I of Aragon in 1129. On 21 April 1154 Manrique Pérez de Lara issued a sweeping fuero to the town of Molina, which he was building into a semi-independent fief.[2] He and his descendants claimed to rule Molina Dei gratia ("by the grace of God").

Old Bridge 13th century

Main sights[edit]

  • Medieval alcazar (10th–11th centuries), the largest in the province
  • Roman bridge (Puente Viejo)
  • Convent of St. Francis
  • Giraldo (St. Francis Church Bell Tower)
  • Church of Santa Clara
  • Church of Santa María de San Gil
  • Molina-Alto Tajo Geopark, Molina de Aragon is within this Geopark.
A typical inn (built 1826) at Molina de Aragón, Spain.
Old bridge over the Gallo river, 13th century, in the background the Medieval alcazar of Molina de Aragón, Spain.
Giraldo on top of St. Francis Church bell Tower.

Climate[edit]

Molina de Aragón has an atypical variety of the oceanic climate with semi-arid influences. Due to its irregular precipitation patterns the location does not fall into the clear mediterranean zones to the south-west or the semi-arid that is common in the region, with significant precipitation in the summer and very low in the winter.

Climate data for Molina de Aragón 1062m (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 21.4
(70.5)
26.8
(80.2)
26.8
(80.2)
28.7
(83.7)
33.2
(91.8)
36.0
(96.8)
38.2
(100.8)
38.0
(100.4)
36.4
(97.5)
30.0
(86)
23.6
(74.5)
19.2
(66.6)
38.2
(100.8)
Average high °C (°F) 8.6
(47.5)
10.6
(51.1)
14.4
(57.9)
15.7
(60.3)
20.0
(68)
25.6
(78.1)
29.7
(85.5)
29.2
(84.6)
24.2
(75.6)
18.0
(64.4)
12.0
(53.6)
8.7
(47.7)
18.06
(64.53)
Daily mean °C (°F) 2.5
(36.5)
3.7
(38.7)
6.6
(43.9)
8.5
(47.3)
12.5
(54.5)
17.1
(62.8)
20.2
(68.4)
19.9
(67.8)
15.8
(60.4)
10.9
(51.6)
5.9
(42.6)
3.1
(37.6)
10.56
(51.01)
Average low °C (°F) −3.5
(25.7)
−3.2
(26.2)
−1.2
(29.8)
1.3
(34.3)
5.0
(41)
8.6
(47.5)
10.6
(51.1)
10.5
(50.9)
7.3
(45.1)
3.9
(39)
−0.2
(31.6)
−2.4
(27.7)
3.06
(37.49)
Record low °C (°F) −28.2
(−18.8)
−20.2
(−4.4)
−15.6
(3.9)
−8.6
(16.5)
−5.2
(22.6)
−1.8
(28.8)
1.0
(33.8)
0.0
(32)
3.6
(38.5)
−6.4
(20.5)
−15.6
(3.9)
−28.0
(−18.4)
−28.2
(−18.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 27
(1.06)
27
(1.06)
28
(1.1)
50
(1.97)
66
(2.6)
48
(1.89)
22
(0.87)
26
(1.02)
47
(1.85)
50
(1.97)
39
(1.54)
36
(1.42)
466
(18.35)
Average precipitation days 6 5 6 9 9 6 3 4 5 8 7 7 74
Mean monthly sunshine hours 135 154 202 195 222 271 327 304 231 174 128 112 2,440
Source #1: [3]
Source #2: [4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Temperaturas históricas en España". Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Simon Barton, The Aristocracy in Twelfth-century León and Castile (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), 265.
  3. ^ "Molina de Aragón Climate Normals 1981-2010". Aemet.es. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Molina de Aragón Climate Extremes". Aemet.es. Retrieved 6 December 2014.