Sant Cugat del Vallès

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Sant Cugat del Vallès
Municipality
Monestir de Sant Cugat.jpg
Coat of arms of Sant Cugat del Vallès
Coat of arms
Sant Cugat del Vallès is located in Spain
Sant Cugat del Vallès
Sant Cugat del Vallès
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 41°28′N 2°05′E / 41.467°N 2.083°E / 41.467; 2.083
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Barcelona
Comarca Vallès Occidental
Government
 • Mayor Mercè Conesa i Pagès (CiU)
Area
 • Total 48.32 km2 (18.66 sq mi)
Elevation 124 m (407 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 84,946
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,600/sq mi)
Demonym Santcugatenc
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website www.santcugat.cat

Sant Cugat del Vallès (IPA: [ˈsaŋ kuˈɣad dəɫ βəˈʎɛs]) (pop. 81,745 in 2010) is a town and municipality north of Barcelona in Catalonia. Known as Castrum Octavianum in antiquity (which literally means the castle of Octavianus), it is named after Saint Cucuphas, who is said to have been martyred on the spot now occupied by its medieval monastery. The final part of its toponym, del Vallès, is a reference to the histroical county where the town is situated, Vallès.

Description[edit]

The town's other buildings include the School of Architecture of the Vallès and the Centre d'Alt Rendiment (CAR, translit. High Performance Centre), a famous centre for professional sport training.

Sant Cugat has become an affluent suburb of Barcelona due to its location (only 20 kilometres from the city), its natural surroundings, and its pedestrian shopping area. Sant Cugat also offers restaurants, a concert venue, two cinemas, and one large shopping centre. It is also a political stronghold for conservative Catalan nationalism, with Convergència i Unió dominating the town's politics.

Sant Cugat has seen its population increase in recent years, with more births than bigger cities like Barcelona (2004). It has also practically merged with the nearby Rubí (population 72,987) and Cerdanyola del Valles (population 58,747).[citation needed]

The town has its own train station with a direct metro connection into Barcelona city centre and the nearby industrial cities of Terrassa and Sabadell.

Monestir de Sant Cugat (Sant Cugat del Vallès) - 23.jpg

Main sights[edit]

  • Monastery of Sant Cugat
  • Hermitage of Sant Medir (10th century)
  • Hermitage of Sant Adjutori (10th century)
  • Torre Negra (12th century)
  • Gothic bridge of Can Vernet (14th century)

Demography[edit]

1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2014
2120 5190 6992 20,490 35,302 87,118[1]

Education[edit]

The Colegio Japonés de Barcelona, a Japanese international school, is located in the commune.[2] The Hoshuko Barcelona Educación Japonesa/Escuela de Educación Japonesa en Barcelona (バルセロナ補習校 Baruserona Hoshūkō), a weekend supplementary Japanese school, holds its classes in the Colegio Japonés de Barcelona building.[3]

Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.santcugat.cat/web/xifres
  2. ^ "バルセロナ日本人学校地図" (Archive) Colegio Japonés de Barcelona. Retrieved on 4 January 2014. "Can Graells 61, 08174, Sant Cugat del Valles, Barcelona, Spain"
  3. ^ "TOPページ." Hoshuko Barcelona Educación Japonesa. Retrieved on February 15, 2015. "所在地 Camí de Can Graells, 61 Polígon Can Graells 08174 Sant Cugat del Valles Barcelona, Spain" and "バルセロナ日本人学校の校舎を借用し、授業を行なっています。"
  • Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona:Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-01-3 (Spanish). ISBN 84-87135-02-1 (Catalan).

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