Ogíjares

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Ogíjares, Spain
city
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Location of Ogíjares
Location of Ogíjares
Country Spain
Province Granada
Municipality Ogíjares
Area
 • Total 7 km2 (3 sq mi)
Elevation 732 m (2,402 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Total 11,877
 • Density 1,696.7/km2 (4,394/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Ogíjares is a municipality located in the central-southern part of the province of Granada, Spain. According to the 2005 census (INE), the city has a population of 11877 inhabitants.

Geography[edit]

Ogíjares is located in the center of a fertile plain, watered by irrigation from the Monachil and Dílar rivers.

History[edit]

Ogíjares had its origins as two small Arab farming villages, although utensils and interments from the Visigoths and as far back as the Neolithic have been found locally. The name comes from the Latin phrase "Hortum Sacrum", which translated in Arabic became Ortexica, and then Oxijar. With the Christian conquest of Granada, the two villages became known as High Ogíjar and Low Ogíjar, finally united into what today is Ogíjares. Like many nearby municipalities, Ogíjares has become a suburb of nearby Granada.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ogíjares, Sierra Nevada". Granada Tourism. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 

Coordinates: 37°07′N 3°36′W / 37.117°N 3.600°W / 37.117; -3.600