Mieres

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Mieres
Church of Santa Eulalia.
Church of Santa Eulalia.
Flag of Mieres
Flag
Coat of arms of Mieres
Coat of arms
Location of Mieres in the Asturias.
Location of Mieres in the Asturias.
Mieres is located in Spain
Mieres
Mieres
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 43°15′3″N 5°46′36″W / 43.25083°N 5.77667°W / 43.25083; -5.77667
Country Spain
Autonomous community Asturias
ProvinceAsturias
ComarcaCaudal
CapitalMieres del Camín
Government
 • MayorAníbal Vázquez (IU)
Area
 • Total146.03 km2 (56.38 sq mi)
Elevation
386 m (1,266 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total38,428
 • Density260/km2 (680/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Mierenses
Time zoneUTC+1
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
33600
WebsiteOfficial website

Mieres is a municipality of Asturias, northern Spain with approximately 45,000 inhabitants.[2] 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.[3]

History[edit]

Mieres is the heart of the coal mining industry in Spain.[4] 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.[5] Before the Spanish Industrial Restructuring Mieres was one of the industrial backbones of Asturias, and hosted 70000 inhabitants in the 1960s. Today Mieres shelters a campus of the University of Oviedo and different museums in relation with the industrial heritage.

The municipality of Mieres is served by bus routes and the regional rail lines FEVE and RENFE Cercanias, connected with Oviedo, Gijón, León and Langreo.

Festivals[edit]

Mieres’ most popular and important festival St. John's Bonfire (La Foguera de San Juan)[6] 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 Celtic regions, food, drink and especially cider, (sidra).[7]

Politics[edit]

Local elections
Party/List 1979 1983 1987[8] 1991[8] 1995[8] 1999[8] 2003[8] 2007[8] 2011[9] 2015
PCE / IU-BA 9 7 7 6 9 7 6 5 10 12
FSA-PSOE 10 14 10 11 9 11 8 9 5 4
CD / AP / PP 1 4 4 5 7 7 7 7 4 3
Somos 2
FAC 2 0
MCA 1 0 0
UCD / CDS 4 4 2
DD 1
Total 25 25 25 25 25 25 21 21 21 21

Parishes[edit]

Requexu Square and St. John's Church
Palacio del Valletu
Town hall
Espinos old mine

There are fifteen parishes:

Notable residents[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipal Register of Spain 2018". National Statistics Institute. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Instituto Nacional de Estadistica. (Spanish Statistical Institute)". Ine.es. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  3. ^ [1] Archived February 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Minería en Asturias". Html.rincondelvago.com. 17 May 2002. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  5. ^ [2] Archived February 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ [3] Archived September 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ [4] Archived May 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b c d e f Dirección General de Política Interior
  9. ^ Elecciones Locales 2011

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