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Location of Mieres in the Asturias.
|Capital||Mieres del Camino|
|• Mayor||Luis María García García (PSOE)|
|• Total||146.03 km2 (56.38 sq mi)|
|Elevation||386 m (1,266 ft)|
|• Density||300/km2 (790/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Mieres is a municipality of Asturias, northern Spain with approximately 45,000 inhabitants. The municipality of Mieres is made up of the capital, Mieres del Camino and the villages of Baiña, Figaredo, Cenera, Loredo, La Peña, La Rebollada, Santullano, Santa Rosa, Seana, Ujo, Urbies, Valdecuna, Santa Cruz, Ablaña, Turón, Gallegos, Bustiello.
Mieres is the heart of the coal mining industry in Spain. The topography of Mieres is mountainous with the greatest population centers being located in the valley along the banks of the Caudal River (Río Caudal) valley in the center of Asturias. Before the Spanish Industrial Restructuring Mieres was one of the industrial backbone of Asturias, and hosts 70.000 inhabitants in the 60s. Today Mieres shelters a campus of the University of Oviedo and different museums in relation with the industrial heritage.
Mieres’ most popular and important festival St. John's Bonfire (La Foguera de San Juan) occurs every June 24's eve, and is highlighted by a huge bonfire, cultural events, dancing, outdoor concerts, fireworks, al fresco dining and drinking. Another important festival is the Folixa na Primavera in April (Spring Fiesta), which includes dance and music performances from the nine European Celtis regions, food, drink and especially cider, (sidra).
There are fifteen parishes:
- Mieres del Camino
- La Peña
- La Rebollada
- Santa Cruz
- Santa Rosa
- Víctor Manuel, singer and song-writer
- José Andrés, chef
- Federico Montoro, poet
- Vital Aza, author and playwright
- Nacho Martínez, actor
- Juan Carlos Ablanedo, footballer
- Xaviel Vilareyo, author
- Innocencio of Mary Immaculate, saint
|Wikisource has the text of the 1905 New International Encyclopedia article Mieres.|