Riaño, León

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Riaño
New Riaño, the new village built to replace the submerged Riaño. The old village is located under the bridge. The mountain on the left is Peak Gilbo.
New Riaño, the new village built to replace the submerged Riaño. The old village is located under the bridge. The mountain on the left is Peak Gilbo.
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Riaño is located in Spain
Riaño
Riaño
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°58′29″N 5°00′43″W / 42.97472°N 5.01194°W / 42.97472; -5.01194
CountrySpain
Autonomous communityCastile and León
ProvinceLeón
ComarcaMontaña de Riaño
Government
 • MayorManuel Javier Fernández Presa
Area
 • Total97.63 km2 (37.70 sq mi)
Elevation
1,112 m (3,648 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total474
 • Density4.9/km2 (13/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Riañéses
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
24900
WebsiteOfficial website
Old Riaño, before it was flooded, November 1984.

Riaño is a former small municipality located along the Esla River in the mountains of the province of León, in the autonomous community of Castile and León, northern Spain. The village was across the river from Peak Gilbo. Located 3650 feet above sea level, it is in the Cantabrian mountains near the foothills of the Picos de Europa.

Due to planned construction of a dam and reservoir in the 1980s, for flood control and generation of hydroelectric power, the village and its lowlying farmland were to be submerged, as were six other villages in the associated dam project. The residents were relocated to New Riaño, built as a replacement higher above the reservoir waters. [2] In 2010 the village had 532 residents.

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  1. ^ "Municipal Register of Spain 2018". National Statistics Institute. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ Andy Simington, Northern Spain Handbook, (Footprint Travel Guides, 2003), 284.

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