Santa Cilia

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Santa Cilia (Spanish)
Santa Zilia (Aragonese)
Flag of Santa Cilia (Spanish)
Official seal of Santa Cilia (Spanish)
Santa Cilia (Spanish) is located in Spain
Santa Cilia (Spanish)
Santa Cilia (Spanish)
Location of Santa Cilia in Spain
Coordinates: 42°33′38″N 0°42′52″W / 42.56056°N 0.71444°W / 42.56056; -0.71444Coordinates: 42°33′38″N 0°42′52″W / 42.56056°N 0.71444°W / 42.56056; -0.71444
Country Spain
Autonomous community Aragon
Province Huesca
Comarca Jacetania
 • Mayor Manuel Máñez Vivas
 • Total 28 km2 (11 sq mi)
Elevation 649 m (2,129 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 207
 • Density 7.4/km2 (19/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website Official website

Santa Cilia (in Aragonese: Santa Zilia[1][2]) is a municipality located in Jacetania, province of Huesca, Aragon, Spain. It is 14 km from the town of Jaca between the River Aragon and the national highway N-240.


Santa Cilia's history is linked to the Royal Monastery de San Juan de la Peña as far back as the 10th century. In 1336 "the town was deserted and destroyed by the instability, death and heavy burdens on its neighbours." At about the same time the present layout of the old town was created, consisting of a nearly six blocks, though its straight streets are reminiscent of a Roman camp.

The church was rebuilt, replacing a medieval church with the addition of a bell-tower in 1646. Walls to protect the church from flooding were added in the 18th century.

The old medieval bridge is now broken, but once stretched 160m with eight spans and was an important toll bridge over the River Aragon.

Santa Cilia became a municipality in 1834 and attained its greatest population in 1920 with 520 inhabitants and about 90 houses. However emigration, mainly to Argentina, France and Barcelona reduced its size to the present day level.


List of mayors
Years Name Political party
1979–1983 Santiago Mañez Vivas
1983–1987 Domingo Ascaso Acín
1987–1991 José Lalana Serrano
1991–1995 Angel Ascaso Torralba
1995–1999 Manuel Mañez Vivas Chunta Aragonesista
1999–2003 Manuel Mañez Vivas Chunta Aragonesista
2003–2007 Manuel Mañez Vivas Chunta Aragonesista
2007–2011 Manuel Mañez Vivas Chunta Aragonesista

Demographic data[edit]

Population data for Santa Cilia between 1842 and 2007:[3]

Historical population of Santa Cilia
Year 1842 1877 1887 1897 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1981 1991 2010
Population 291 408 434 412 484 511 506 437 424 431 362 253 214 158 209

Modern times[edit]

Santa Cilia airfield and Rio Aragon valley

Its airfield is a popular with glider pilots who wish to explore the nearby Pyrenees.


  • Santa Cilia
  • Somanés is a hamlet with 14 inhabitants that has been part of the municipality since 1969. It has a baroque 18th-century parish church dedicated to San Ramon.


  • 30 April (Romería a la Virgen de la Peña)
  • 15 May (San Isidro)
  • 8 September (La Natividad de la Virgen)

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